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This Alternative To Townsend Could Be Decent Acquisition

12:12 pm, Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

With the potential agreement for Andros Townsend starting to drag on, Newcastle may soon be forced to make a decision – and that is whether to move for an alternative winger who is similar in style to the 24 year-old English International – and the Chronicle has reported one such target could be QPR winger Matt Phillips – who is a good player.

The 24 year-old has played in the Premier League with both Blackpool and QPR last season and in total he has made 52 appearances in the Premier League with 4 goals and 2 assists.

One season – 2010-2011 with Blackpool and last season with QPR – where he looked a good attacking winger.


Matt Phillips – alternative to Andros Townsend

Phillips began his career at Wycombe Wanderers where he signed on as an eight year-old – and made his debut at just 17 in April 2008.

He ended up playing 87 games for Wycombe with 9 goals before he signed on for Premier League club Blackpool in August of 2010 in a deal that was eventually worth around £700K.

Matt stayed at Blackpool for three years. playing there 101 times with 18 goals and 15 assists, before signing on at QPR for a fee of £5M in 2013.

Matt has so far played 76 times with 10 goals and 13 assists for the London club and he would offer a similar threat that Townsend offers – he’s a traditional winger with speed and skill and scores goals and makes them.

Matt has played for the England U20 and U21 sides and he has two full caps for Scotland, being eligible because of his Scottish grandparents.

West Brom had a £7M offer for him turned down last summer and various clubs have expressed an interest in the 6’1″ tall winger this month – and QPR would be willing to sell at the right price.

However Matt’s value has probably  risen since then because of his good form this season and QPR could want to drive a hard bargain for Matt.

West Brom and Bournemouth are two PL clubs said to be interested in the Aylesbury-born winger.

If that turns out to be the case it may be best just to pay the £14M Tottenham want for Andros Townsend – because the transfer fees are expected to rise (significantly) in the summer with the new £5B Premier League rights deal kicking in.

But we’d be happy enough if Matt Phillips arrives on Tyneside – if we cannot get Andros.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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

27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Spoof // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:17 PM


    Watch the QPR goal which came from the left

    Do you still say that Phillips can’t play on the left !

  • 2 Rotonda heights // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:17 PM

    4 goals and 2 assists in 52 games….wow…sign him up!!

  • 3 Spoof // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM


    would you rather have Tonwsend ?

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Ed says – “The 24 year-old has played in the Premier League with both Blackpool and QPR last season and in total he has made 52 appearances in the Premier League with 4 goals and 2 assists.”

    He made 8 assists in his last 15 Prem appearances alone for QPR, as well as a couple of goals. I think in total he has 5 goals and 11 assists, compared to 5 goals and 6 assists for Townsend. I’ve watched far more of Townsend and he is poor. Would much rather take a punt on this guy as he has a far better delivery, and unlike Townsend would be far more willing to fight for a starting spot. Not to mention the price is rumoured to be around £5million, after they allegedly quoted West Brom £12million in the summer.

  • 5 Take a Chancel on me // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    I would rather have townsend

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Matt Phillips made the 7th most Premier league assists in the calendar year of 2015, despite his side only being in the Prem for the first 5 months. 2 more than Sissoko did in 20 more games.

  • 7 Mbemba of the British Empire // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    Would rather have Townsend simply because he’s played at a higher level, around better players. Regardless of his lack of game time, signing English players with a point to prove seems to be our motive right now, which I can’t complain at all, in the precarious situation we’ve found ourselves in. Though still a gamble, it’s better than the garbage gambles we’ve seen in previous windows.

  • 8 Jack Root // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    Don’t be surprised if Spurs put in a bid for Armstrong.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    That’s a cracking ball in, and exactly what he can offer on a regular basis.

  • 10 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:28 PM


    All viable alternatives to Townsend.

    My preference would be

    1 – Redmond
    2 – Townsend
    3 – Montero
    4 – Phillips

    Wildcard – Viktor Fischer from Ajax – another top talent with 18-months left on his contract. Get Lovenkarands, Anita and Gini on the blower to him! Wouldn’t give us the width as he tends to play as an inside forward, but Willems would take care of that when we get him in the summer 😀

  • 11 BandB // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:29 PM


    Tiote deal goes ahead.
    Spurs take £12m for Townsend.
    Thauvin heads off on loan.
    Berahinio signs.
    £100m spent in two windows, as was promised and therefore what I expected.

    Time to run out the flags. Time for the neggers to celebrate our good fortune in having such a top owner and wait for our inevitable rise up the table?

    Wasn’t that the storyline after the summer window?
    Wonder what happened to that?

    We are playing catch-up after years of neglect, spending money the club hasn’t been allowed to spend.
    And all we had to do to trigger this plan was to wait into we were facing relegation yet again.

    I’m reminded of the Baldrick cunning plan that involved waiting until their heads had been chopped off before attempting to escape.

  • 12 WWSBRD // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Would Chelsea turn down 10-15 mill for Remy?

  • 13 Spoof // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    I would rather have Phillips than Townsend, but in all honesty I’m not sure we need any of them, Sissoko is not an out and out winger, with Janmaat being so attacking is it necessary to have an out and out winger, leave Janmaat and Sissoko as an old fashioned inside right and lets look to the left as that’s where we seem to be struggling, Gini can do a job there but he is so good through the middle that it would be criminal to play him on the left, Perez can do a job there, Thauvin would be ideal but we want rid, Aarons seems to be injury prone, I think it’s the left where we need to strengthen, please don’t anyone suggest Marveaux !

  • 14 2 goals 1 cup // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:30 PM

    for me i think its best to get some loans deals in why pay crazy prices for players who are not playing regularly thuran can play on the left if we need him is townsed phillips really going to be any better the guy need confidence not to be made the scapegoat because were not getting the results we need the young lad has only played like 3 games. Berahino yerre he may get a few goals for us until he spits his dummy out and refuses to play for us because he cant get big money move away. we dont need a new forward like that it clear where newcastle have been lacking all season and thats centre mid

  • 15 Bambams // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    Thought the rumours suggested this would be a ‘Huge Day ‘ today…..
    Looks like it will be similar to other days.
    I am happy with our two signings. Only worry that we won’t go that extra yard and get a forward and CB we have needed for so long. It could be Lascelles is going to be the chosen CB but he ain’t had much playing time.

    Not sure about Berahino, not seen that much of him and it worries me about his attitude – how long will it be before he huffs at our club

  • 16 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:33 PM

    I’ve mentioned that a couple of times. I don’t see where these signings fit, particularly as Townsend will demand and expect a starter spot. I do think competition for Sissoko would be good though, and Phillips provides that.

    I think Berahino may take the left flank if he signs, unless Macca is set to completely re jig the formation to fit him in. Our current set up wouldn’t work with him through the middle unless he was asa partner to Mitro as he can’t hold it up and bring others into play anywhere near as well.

  • 17 SPRINGY // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    just had a look on the dennis wise scouting network(youtube)…..not exactly the best source to judge his skills but its the only source i have… and although phillips is a good player he’s a right footed, right side/winger… he can use his left foot but he is mostly a right sided player and the idea of playing him on the left hand side is just another square peg in a round hole which we’ve complained about the club doin for years…would make a great addition to the squad no doubt but for me not on the left

  • 18 Spoof // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Hail Wor Ashley

    Now your talking sense, Montero, I forgot about him, he tore Janmaat a new a-hole earlier in the season and he is a left winger which is what I feel we need, defo go for him, pace and a quality delivery, Mitro would love him.

  • 19 SPRINGY // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    would newcastle offer 10-15m for a 29yr old?

  • 20 hibbitt // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    would we pay 10/15m for Remy i don’t think so….. but i do think chelsea would take your hand off

  • 21 Hail Wor Ashley // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM


    That supporting front 3 would be as good as anything in the league and surely Carr is aware of him and his contractual situation. Ooooh what I’d give to see it. Shame he is probably gonna skip the stepping-stone part and go straight to a moneybags Man City or Bayern.

  • 22 Rotonda heights // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:36 PM


    neither. I want perez and when fit, aarons, getting game time. Both far superior players.

    Would take bera or similar , top CB and LB, happy with shelvey. Townsend like Thauvin unnecessary at the prices quoted.

  • 23 Bobbybee // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    Jack, let them bid. Macca won’t let him go mate, he knows what he’s got. Arma just wants to play for his hometown club. He’s very much part of our future plans. Natural goalscorers like Arma are a rare breed and he’s going nowhere soon. 😉

  • 24 WWSBRD // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    This is new look changed face Newcastle is it not?

    He’s pretty perfect for the squad

  • 25 SPRINGY // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    agree he suits exactly what we need, but 10-15m on a 29yr old is something i cant see the club doing….loan maybe….or 5-10m maybe then they would go for it

  • 26 WWSBRD // Jan 20, 2016 at 12:46 PM

    They can offer 30 mill for I care tbh I think he’s a better fit than all the alternatives (maybe Berah is similar but without the experience)

  • 27 lesh // Jan 20, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    Can’t see the problem about Townsend.

    Withdraw any offers and walk away. Doing so will focus Levy’s gaze onto a player that’s not getting a game and unsettle the player to the point of pushing for a move.

    Dead easy

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