Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side pick up a fourth Premier League victory in a row courtesy of a 2-1 success over Arsenal on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Gunners at St James’ Park having beaten Leicester City, Huddersfield Town, and Southampton in their previous three league outings, results which all but sealed their place in the top-flight next season. And the Magpies reached the 40-point mark on Sunday despite going behind to Alexandre Lacazette’s strike, with goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie securing a deserved victory for the North East giants, thus moving them 13 points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Subsequently, there have been many jubilant Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are now turning their attentions to next season, what with their side almost certain to be in the Premier League given they are tenth and 13 points clear with just five games to go.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to get their teeth into, not least reports last week suggesting that Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Tottenham are keen on landing Kenedy this summer.
Thus, it’s plausible that Newcastle won’t be able to get a deal done for the 22-year-old, and as such they should be ready to bring £10.8 million-rated ace Andros Townsend (as per Transfermarkt) back to St James’ if a deal for Kenedy fails to materialise.
26-year-old Townsend spent a short time in the North East back in 2016 but was unable to keep the club in the top-flight, despite his best efforts in scoring four times and laying on two assists in 13 appearances for the club.
And the England international has again proven his worth this time round for Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, scoring two goals and laying on seven assists in 32 Premier League appearances for the Eagles, helping them to 16th place in the table.
Significantly though, Townsend is one of a few wingers left in the English top-flight who are willing to take defenders on, with the 26-year-old seeking to get the better of his opposite number to get to the by-line and produce a cross.
Add in an ability to score spectacular goals, and Townsend would bring the same sort of dynamism and determination in attack that Kenedy has brought to the Newcastle front line this term – ultimately, the Chelsea star has made a big impact at St James’ Park.
And were Palace to lose their Premier League status this season, a possible deal to lure Townsend back to the North East would surely become much easier.
As such, were the Magpies fail in their bid to secure Kenedy on a permanent deal, they should look to bring 26-year-old Townsend back to St James’ Park this summer.
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