Having heard last night that Palace have made bids for Marseille duo Michy Batshuayi and Steve Mandanda, it now sounds as though we’ve triggered Andros Townsend’s Newcastle release clause too.
Rumours of a Palace move for Townsend have been rife since Newcastle confirmed their relegation to the Championship at the end of last season, but until now, we had not seen the club stump up the fee necessary to trigger the former Tottenham midfielder’s release clause and begin discussing personal terms.
As you would expect, the author of the piece attached at the top of the page can’t help but throw in a dig about the size of Crystal Palace in comparison with their beloved Toon Army, but as all know, such claims of club stature matter very little in the cutthroat business of football at the highest level, making any gripes Newcastle fans may have over the proposed switch completely pointless.
After taking the wideman away from something of a personal hell at White Hart Lane last season, there will no doubt have been many Magpies fans who expected a degree of loyalty from Townsend ahead of the upcoming campaign, but release clauses tend to focus a player’s mind acutely on the present in favour of the future, making a potential jump straight back into the Premier League an attractive move to say the least, regardless of Palace’s “smaller” status in the English game.
As a goalscoring midfielder, Townsend would immediately bring a new dimension to Palace’s play, using his trademark single-mindedness to scare defences and aid our strikers in the process. For all of the trickery and style that Zaha and Bolasie possess, Townsend would bring with him an end product that cannot be understated.
You need only look at the sadness expressed by the Newcastle blog at the top of the page to know that it would make a great deal of sense for Palace to push for Townsend’s signature with all their might in the coming days. After worries over a bargain bucket summer window, Steve Parish and co. appear to be pushing the boat out and it feels very good indeed.