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?