Andros Townsend’s father has revealed the main reason behind his son’s summer move from Newcastle to Crystal Palace.
Having been in and out of the Tottenham team for a number of years prior to his arrival on Tyneside, Townsend appeared to be a player reborn in the North East; putting in a number of lung-bursting displays for the Magpies as they battled courageously against the eventually inevitable threat of relegation to English football’s second tier.
Often misunderstood during his time at White Hart Lane, Townsend’s early years saw him make more of an impact on the international stage than he had ever managed domestically, happily embracing his undeniable love of shooting from distance whenever the opportunity presented itself on the biggest stage, scoring one or two genuine screamers along the way.
With his stint at Tottenham now consigned to the history books, Andros has readily spoken about the subtle differences he made to his game when given a chance to reinvent himself at St James’ Park; a challenge he seemingly passed with flying colours given the dismayed reaction vast swathes of Newcastle’s core support showed when his move to Palace was made official over the summer.
Now, playing consistently well in the red and blue of the Eagles and back inside the England set-up under Gareth Southgate’s tutelage, things are seemingly on the up and up for the infectiously likeable midfield man.
I dare say I’m not the only one who’s hoping to see him stick around in SE25 for at least a few years, he seems to be just the sort of player who thrives when given the genuine backing of a fan-base.