Andros Townsend is on his way out of Crystal Palace and could be on his way back to St James’ Park, according to the Evening Standard.
The 29-year-old had a successful six month stint at our club back in 2016, but ultimately couldn’t quite do enough to help keep us in the Premier League.
The Eagles have a host of players out of contract this season, and it’s now being reported that new boss Patrick Viera will NOT ask the club to offer the ex-England international a new deal.
He made just 13 appearances in a black-and-white shirt – scoring four goals – but the rough and tumble of the Championship did not appeal to him as he still had ambitions for his Three Lions career.
Townsend currently does bits and bobs for talkSPORT and turns 30 in just a few days time, stating recently in a Q&A that his next move must be the right one for his family and one that offers him a path to first-team football.
With Jacob Murphy now more of a wing-back, we only really have Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser who are natural wide-men – meaning Townsend could add solid and experienced cover to our squad.
With funds expected to be tight if Mike Ashley remains at the helm, somebody like Townsend could be a handy singing – he certainly fits Steve Bruce’s blueprint of singing Premier League-proven players.
I’d personally be content with seeing him return; he’d be a low-risk signing, an upgrade on Christian Atsu and player who could easily do a job for the next couple of seasons.
What do you think?