During the 2016 January transfer window, Newcastle United brought in Andros Townsend from Tottenham as manager at the time Steve McClaren looked to bolster his attack in the club’s fight for Premier League survival.
With the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen flourishing at Tottenham under Mauricio Pochettino, Townsend saw limited game time at White Hart Lane, making a move to Newcastle both a logical one and one supporters were delighted to see.
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@NUFC welcome andros to the toon can't wait to see you play in the black and white shirt!!
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Unfortunately for Townsend and Newcastle, though, the club still saw relegation that season resulting in the 27-year-old moving on to Crystal Palace.
Nevertheless, despite Newcastle being condemned to the Championship, Townsend’s signing was still one of the club’s better ones in recent transfer windows.
The England international — albeit proving futile — was able to score four goals while setting up another two in 13 appearances and, overall, provided Newcastle with fresh impetus and more energy down the wing.
In fact, Townsend had impressed McClaren’s successor and current Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez enough for the Spaniard to want to re-sign the winger this summer with Sky Sports one media outlet confirming the Magpies’ interest in their ex-player.
For whatever reason, though, a return to Tyneside did not materialise leaving Benitez to make do with the likes of Matt Richie and Jacob Murphy in attack.
Ultimately, while Townsend was unable to help save Newcastle from relegation and left St. James’ Park in disappointing fashion much to the dissatisfaction of supporters, the former Tottenham man was definitely a clever addition to the club back in 2016.
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