Tottenham will have yet another management change in the summer, as Chairman Daniel Levy tries to mimic our former Chairman Freddy Shepherd by constantly changing managers, but Levy will realize it doesn’t get you very successful very quickly, because there is constant player churn, with the managers playing in different ways and formations, and they like different sets of players – so it also gets to be very expensive.
Andros Townsend – Tottenham and England winger
There’s news in the Journal today that Alan Pardew is interested in England winger Andros Townsend, as we seem to be zoning in on a number of English players this summer, which is probably a good thing.
Pardew spoke about Townsend earlier in the season when Villas-Boas was still the manager, and Andros broke into the England team this season, but he is out injured, and will miss the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
This is what Pardew had said:
“We know Townsend because there was talk of him going out on loan.” “Obviously, when you look at his career, he’s been out on loan a number of times and we looked at him this year and thought ‘would he interest us?’.”
“We weren’t sure; I think that’s where everybody was at the start of the season.” “You’re talking about a high level in the Premier League.” “We’ve got fantastic players at our football club and is he better than the ones we’ve got?
“I was a bit like ‘Hmm, not sure’. I think Andre Villas-Boas was a little bit like that as well. But fair play to the lad, he’s come into Tottenham’s team and done terrific and now he’s made that extra step which is great for England and Spurs in particular.”
Hopefully Pardew and the scouting team have now determined whether he’s better than what we have at Newcastle, but based on this year, where most of our players have under-performed, he’s got to be better than what we have.
And a number of winger like Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and even Ben Arfa will be leaving the club this summer, so it’s not surprising we are linked with wingers.
Andros has certainly had his loan spells, and he joined Tottenham in 2000, but has been on loan to Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, Milton Keynes Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford, Millwall, Leeds United, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers.
Townsend has played for all the England Youth sides, and 5 times for England, and when he’s been in the England side he’s looked a star player, but became out of favor at Spurs, when Tim Sherwood took over as manager.
And we suppose getting this 22 year-old on a season long loan deal wouldn’t be a bad option, because we’ve seen teams like Everton perform very well this season, as they have loan players who have helped their side big time.
However, if he does well at Newcastle there is no guarantee we could sign him permanently, as other bigger clubs would likely come in for him.
That’s what’s happened this season with Loic Remy – but of course with that rape charge hanging over hos head last August, it would have been a risk for us to sign him permanently at that time.
Those are some of the things Newcastle must consider when deciding to buy a player outright or bring him in on loan in the summer.
Andros has played 50 times for Spurs with 5 goals, and while on loan at all those other clubs, he played another 97 times with 11 goals.
What do you think?