Brendan Rodgers’ decision to swap Celtic for Leicester City last season was seen as a strange one in some quarters but with a young, talented squad at his disposal, the latter stages of the 2018/19 campaign hinted at what may have been to come and now, it looks as though the Foxes are readying a tempter of a bid for Palace wide-man Andros Townsend.
The former Tottenham and Newcastle man has been at Selhurst Park since 2016 and enjoyed his most productive season in red and blue to date coming into the summer, leading me to wonder why Palace and Roy Hodgson would even consider letting him go for almost the exact fee they paid to take him from the Magpies three years ago.
An ever-present in the starting XI when he’s fit, it’s clear that the gaffer is a huge fan of Townsend, whose work-rate and in-game maturity has been worth its weight in gold over the last 18 months. Indeed, Andros himself has spoken regularly about feeling truly at home in SE25, minimising the chance of him pushing for a move to the Midlands against the board’s wishes.
Admittedly, he and the rest of the side tend to play second fiddle to Wilfried Zaha at Palace but in many of his interviews on the subject, Townsend has been open about his admiration for the 26-year-old’s technical ability, preferring to play with him than without him, given a choice. Were he to move to Leicester, he may have a better immediate chance of making it into Europe but given the presence of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton at the King Power, he wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting role from the moment he walked through the door.
I suppose the biggest question to ask in relation to this story is whether or not Palace would accept an offer of that size for Townsend this summer. My immediate reaction is no but were it to be structured in a manner that saw cash plus players coming our way, I suppose you can’t rule it out completely.