Despite being more than two-and-a-half months away from the re-opening of the transfer window in January, reports in the press have been linking Palace winger Andros Townsend with a New Year move to Leicester City.
Although the same story has appeared in a number of places, Independent sports writer and Palace fan Ed Malyon is adamant that the Eagles will not consider selling the England international before the end of the current Premier League campaign in May.
Having endured a historically awful start to the league season, it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to work out that Hodgson and his coaching staff will need all the help they can get if they are to somehow drag us out of the hole we’ve fallen into headfirst. With that in mind, the retention of players possessing Townsend’s quality feels essential in the short-term.
In fairness, I can see why national newspapers would pick up on the rumour, given the serious interest the Foxes had in Andros over the summer. With a formal bid having been made for his services, plenty of journalists will have looked at our current desperate predicament, placed it alongside Leicester’s continued need for cover in wide areas and sent the story to print without batting an eyelid but in essence, the deal would only be given legs if we as the selling club had decided to cut our losses and accept relegation already.
Admittedly, things do look incredibly bleak for us as things stand. Without a point or even a goal to show for our efforts after seven games it’s difficult to imagine how things could be much worse but we remain just five points adrift from safety with 31 games left to play. Looked at in isolation, we could easily talk ourselves into a self-defeating mood but with plenty of winnable games coming up between now and 2018, there is still every chance of us turning things around; a job that Andros Townsend is likely to play a central role in whatever happens.
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