He was a key part of Roy Hodgson’s plans throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season but reports yesterday suggest that Andros Townsend is a summer transfer target for former champions Leicester City.
Having dovetailed beautifully with Wilfried Zaha for the majority of the previous campaign, Townsend isn’t likely to be a player that Palace are willing to give up easily over the next few months, regardless of the level of interest the Foxes show in him. Whilst his attacking numbers haven’t been up to the standard he expects of himself from August onwards, the former Tottenham man’s tireless work-rate has won him plenty of fans in SE25.
Whilst Wilfried Zaha is undoubtedly the star in their ongoing double-act, Townsend’s pace and willingness to pull the opposition one way or another in attacking moves has worked wonders for the team from a strategic perspective, leaving me to wonder how we would transition as a side if he were to wave goodbye to Selhurst Park for a new adventure in the Midlands.
With Bakary Sako’s contract negotiations still rumbling on and South Korea’s Lee Chung-Yong almost certain to be sent off into the sunset, Palace aren’t exactly stocked up when it comes to wide attacking options; a fact our supporters could be forgiven for forgetting given the talismanic qualities of the aforementioned Wilfried Zaha.
Keeping that in mind, the loss of Townsend would leave us with almost no width in attacking areas ahead of a summer in which change is widely expected throughout the squad. Of course, from a Leicester perspective there is no harm in testing the water but I’m sure plenty of you will remember their rumoured Deadline Day bid for Andros last summer, which resulted in the Palace hierarchy asking for cash plus Demarai Gray in a move which offered a glimpse into how highly we rate the ex-Magpie.
It is obviously a fluid situation, as is any potential transfer but as things stand, you’d assume that the chances of us parting with Townsend this summer are extremely slim.