Andros Townsend has been linked with a move back to Newcastle routinely since this summer’s transfer window opened for business but on Saturday evening, following the Eagles’ 4-1 victory over Toulouse, the England international ended any speculation over his future in emphatic fashion.
Townsend had initially struggled to find his feet when making the move to SE25 under the management of Alan Pardew but as soon as Sam Allardyce took up residence in the Selhurst Park dugout, fans were treated to the side of Townsend we’d all looked so admiringly in the months prior to his arrival.
It’s no secret that Townsend was one of the Magpies’ star performers in their ultimately doomed battle against relegation in the ultimately doomed Premier League campaign of 2015/16, with form which caught the eye of those in south London and led to him leaving the Toon to remain a Premier League player that summer.
Rafa Benitez has since guided Newcastle back into the top flight and kept them there in some style but despite rumours continually swirling over a potential reunion, it seems as though Andros himself has his heart set on staying put south of the river. Having become a key cog in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI, impressing fans along the way thanks to his incredible work-rate it should probably come as little surprise to hear that he’s keen to stay for the long-term but even so, it’s always great to hear a player speaking so positively about the club when a chance to fly the nest arises.
It may seem strange to some, given Townsend’s long-term association with Tottenham Hotspur but the 27-year-old is now just 14 appearances behind his total for Spurs, which is rather impressive given the fact that his professional stint with them lasted seven years. To put things simply, Andros has found a home in SE25 and at this stage of his career, that sort of comfort and backing from the stands should not be underestimated.
As he says himself, he’s got three years left on his current contract and doesn’t see himself anywhere else. I’m sure I’m not the only one hoping we see him playing in red and blue for far longer than that.