Andros Townsend became Crystal Palace’s all-time record transfer when joining us on a five-year deal from Newcastle yesterday morning, and as I’m sure you’re already aware, he’ll bring a hell of a lot to the Palace side.
Having been rescued from relative obscurity at Tottenham when Newcastle acquired his services during the January transfer window of last season, the pacey winger appeared to go on something of a one man mission to secure the Magpies’ Premier League status in the months that followed.
Given a platform to perform that he was never afforded during his lengthy stay at White Hart Lane, the England international, spurred on by the inspired appointment of Rafa Benitez in the St James’ Park dugout, quickly worked his way into the hearts of Newcastle fans across the world with his direct and eye-catching performances in black and white.
Indeed, one of his best moments in the North East came against his new employers, when, in a tight game towards the end of the season, his superbly flighted free-kick was enough to secure three potential massive points in the battle against the drop and ensure an even bigger spike in his general popularity on the banks of the river Tyne.
The decision he has since made to leave Newcastle hasn’t been taken lightly, but having inserted a relegation release clause of £13 million into his contract when he first agreed to move north, the lure of an instant return to the top flight and with it a greater potential of recognition on the international stage, has proven to be strong enough to convince him that a move to Selhurst Park is in his best long-term interests.
Geordies everywhere did their level best to convince him that a year of hard graft in the second tier would be worth it when promotion likely arrives in May of 2017, but for a man who has already spent a large chunk of his career waiting to be given the chance to dazzle on the big stage, a switch to a club who rely heavily on pace and width clearly made a great deal of sense to him and his representatives.
If you have any nagging doubts over Townsend’s suitability to our side, the above video should put each and every one of them to bed quite quickly. His game is one which should in theory suit us perfectly, all that is left now is to see where Alan Pardew decides to use him in our starting XI.