Andros Townsend may have been booed by certain sections of the Newcastle support at St James’ Park on Saturday but far from letting it get him down, the wide man has decided to take it as a compliment.
The Palace man spent a short bit explosive spell on the Magpies’ books in 2016 after leaving Tottenham Hotspur, before moving permanently to Selhurst Park after failing to keep the Toon afloat in the Premier League. Despite scoring some hugely important goals and putting in a run of superb performances in the North East, many saw his decision to swap St James’ for south London as an act of genuine disrespect and consequently continue to hold a grudge to this day.
After starting and helping Palace to a 1-0 victory which all but mathematically secures our place in the top flight for another season on Saturday, the 27-year-old was happy to have played the role of a pantomime villain, making sure he paid his respects to his former employers when speaking to the press.
As he quite rightly observes, there would next to no reaction from the stands when he visits had he not done extremely well during his time in black and white; a fact he uses to counterbalance the digs certain sections of their support choose to aim his way.
Andros’ season has been one of unbelievable if sporadic highs, crossed with an unbeatable work-rate each and every time he steps across the white line. He may not have managed to recreate the sort of strike he saw him hit away to Manchester City in December but you can’t fault the man’s overall efforts for the football club since joining close to three years ago.
I for one am glad he’s playing in our colours rather than those of last weekend’s opponents; long may it continue.