Andros Townsend has arrived at Crystal Palace this summer and the move for the 25-year-old should prove to be a wise one for the Eagles.
In Townsend, Palace possess a very pacey winger with great dribbling ability and one who isn’t afraid of taking a shot on goal. After falling out of favor at the end of 2015 with Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle would secure his services and the Englishman went on to impress with 4 goals in just 13 appearances for the Magpies.
Following Newcastle’s relegation, Alan Pardew and Palace triggered the £13million release clause and the fee can certainly be considered a sizeable one.
Townsend joined Palace this summer
The price paid by the Eagles should be worth it though as Townsend’s resurgence at Newcastle indicates that if the winger gets consistent first-team minutes, he will award the Eagles with a decent rate of goals in return.
Palace also get a player that has performed well enough to make 11 appearances for the England national team, where he again has provided a suitable rate of return with 3 goals for the Three Lions.
Townsend was unlucky not to make the trip to represent his country at Euro 2016 in France as his goal ratio has been better than that of Raheem Sterling (26 appearances, 2 goals) and Adam Lallana (26 appearances, 0 goals), both of whom were selected by Roy Hodgson.
Townsend would be a top signing for Palace
The Eagles now find themselves with two pacey wingers in Townsend and Wilfried Zaha who should warrant starting places in Pardew’s squad for the upcoming Premier league season, which gets underway in a matter of weeks.
Things may get interesting if Yannick Bolasie stays but with a host of Premier league clubs interested in the £28million valued winger, Townsend should slide into the starting XI and prove to be an intelligent signing for Palace.