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McClaren Fully Involved In Making This Player The Next Signing

5:33 pm, Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

News today that Newcastle are trying to get a deal done to get Andros Townsend to Newcastle and are busy explaining to the 24 year-old England winger how he could thrive on Tyneside.

If Newcastle are successful in getting the player it’s another player that Steve McClaren has wanted and like Jonjo Shelvey he is an experienced Premier League player who can instantly produce for Newcastle.


Andros Townsend – next signing for Newcastle?

The Mail are reporting Newcastle have already devised a fitness plan for the Tottenham winger, who is said to be keen to join the Magpies, but who hasn’t played for Spurs since October.

Certainly if Andros watched the game last night at St. James Park – the 3-3 draw against Manchester United – he would have seen what it’s like to play in front of a passionate Geordie crowd.

The fans were simply magnificent last night in what is being portrayed as one of the best Premier League games of the season.

McClaren was key in getting Jonjo Shelvey to Newcastle after he explained to him in some detail the free-flowing role he would have at Newcastle as the midfield general.

That’s something he wouldn’t get at Crystal Palace with former Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye their main central midfield player.

Shelvey is basically the replacement for Yohan Cabaye – but two years late.

McClaren has worked out a plan for Andros to get him up to speed in fitness levels as soon as possible, so he can start producing quickly for the Newcastle team – as we are in desperate need of some wins.

That’s also good for Townsend himself, because he would have a chance – if he plays really well for Newcastle – to make the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in France in June.

The Mail however are also reporting that some complications still exist for his transfer.

Maybe that’s the transfer fee – but we should be going all out to get him in on loan this month and try to get Spurs to agree to that as a first stage in his possible permanent arrival on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:35 PM


    Don’t do it wally.

  • 2 SPRINGY // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    this lad has pace but if we get him needs to produce and be a supply for others or hes another obertan….his injury record is a worry

  • 3 Rotonda heights // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    we all know what he can instantly produce, his dismal stats show it. Picture your frustration watching Obertan and then times it by 10.

    if we’ve got the cash where is the top LB, CB and fast goal scorer

  • 4 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    My only recollection of Townsend’s skills are cutting in and shooting from the RW. Sissoko plays there and he won’t displace him, so I think this is just lazy journalism linking us with him.

  • 5 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    I’d take townsend every day od the week get him in macca and a pacey striker and a cb

  • 6 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Buy Robertson.

    Can play him LB against teams we take the game to, can play him LW against ‘bigger teams’ and have Dummet hold station. Nippy, agile, links well, quality crosser of the ball, good dribbler and plenty of effort.

  • 7 Thump // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Ah Townsend, the English Obertan. No thanks.

  • 8 p // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    better than the likes of Marveux and Oberton but a striker is still the priority

  • 9 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Surely we can’t be agreeing to pay money for him when he has not played for Spurs for 4 months!Loan maybe. Be better spending the money on extending our sick bay facilities

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Take a chancel

    Really…! Based on what?

    Runs down blind alleys
    Appalling assists and goals record
    often injured
    argues with coaches
    takes stupid shots from miles out when people are better placed.
    over priced

    we already have aarons, even an unused thauvin for a mere 14M.

    lb, cb and pacey striker yes, townsend i hope not.

  • 11 defenders needed // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    I agree rotonda heights lb and CB much needed positions which need filling sissoko has been playing well and I imagine he is a big part of that dressing room so bringing in someone who could potentially threaten his position will only upset the camp

  • 12 SPRINGY // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    maybe macca thinks he can be a left footed supply line instead of playing down the right and cutting in

  • 13 John Tudor // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:45 PM

    where is the centre back ffs

  • 14 beermonkey // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM


    townsends stats are as bad as woebatans

    how r u

  • 15 Jan Stavik // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Winger? It’s a central defender we should be after. Or a left back, so Dummet can partner Mbemba. Coloccini is lost, he’s good on the ball but everything else is horrendous. He’s weak, slow, can’t jump and he is out of position several times during a game. He even made Rooney look quick, that says everything for me…

  • 16 defenders needed // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Has a look of squidward as well

  • 17 JamesToon // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Left back and striker is much more important, get Robertson or Willems Along with Remy/Gray/Berahino

  • 18 defenders needed // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Willems is injured so we would need to look else where James toon but yeah definitely a need for a lb

  • 19 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:52 PM

    JT He went to Southampton at start of season – Van Dyk. There’s no one in the frame so far as I can see.We just don’t seem to be interested. Left back is even more pressing with Haidara out for another two months min. Only cover both sides Mbabu (youth) or Colback in emergency. No contingency in for further injuries /suspensions

  • 20 bladeuser // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    You wally.Townshend would be a waste of money ist we have a young winger when fit could be class Arrons
    Also that Frenshie who we payed millions for isn’t he a winger
    The board are a bunch of idiots
    SHEEP ? Out

  • 21 G peart 83 // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Spurs offer 5 mill plus Townsend for ayoze

  • 22 corkypants // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    i would 100 percent take townsend it was only a few months ago he was playing well for england. also when was the last time we signed 2 england internationals in one window. i would be really happy if we manage to get him here and im sure a few others would be too

  • 23 West Lancs Geordie // Jan 13, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Sounds to me like it’s a done deal. It’s been mentioned since beginning of December

  • 24 AncientC // Jan 13, 2016 at 6:00 PM

    G peart 83 – apparently Tottenham value Townsend at around 14 million (trying not to laugh) but if that is true, that would put Ayoze’s valuation by Tottenham at £19 million.

    Even if they offered £15 million, it has got to be tempting. Perez has a lot of potential, but for being a so called striker, he lacks the ability to strike through the ball.

  • 25 beatbox00 // Jan 13, 2016 at 6:02 PM

    Surely a Right Back more important than a left back…Sam Byran looks ok

  • 26 defenders needed // Jan 13, 2016 at 6:10 PM

    Beatbox are you saying you rate hairdryer and dummit better footballers than janmat the left is where we keep repeatedly getting attacked down because other teams see it as our weakest side

  • 27 beatbox00 // Jan 13, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Mbabu, Dummet and Haiidara to cover LB. only Janmatt RB

  • 28 lesh // Jan 13, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Hang on a mo.

    Devising a fitness plan for Townsend are we? What’s he been doing since October?

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