Three Alternatives Identified – Newcastle £2M Short For Townsend

The Evening Standard is reporting today that Newcastle have drawn up a list of three alternatives to Andros Townsend as it looks like the Magpies have given up on the 24 year-old England International winger with Chairman Daniel Levy wanting £14M for the England International.


Andros Townsend – too expensive for Newcastle

It seems Newcastle were willing to pay out £12M for Townsend which is £2M short of what Spurs want.

So why don´t we just pay out £2M – it may save us £135M a year if Andros can help save us from relegation?

And the Standard is again reporting that Townsend is very keen on a move to Newcastle but they have now lined up other options – which we assume are cheaper options.

The three alternatives are QPR´s Matt Phillips, Aston Villa´s Scott Sinclair – who is already said to be in talks with Swansea on returning to his former club – and Sandro Ramirez, the young 20 year-old Barcelona player who would be a great signing for us.

As far as those three are concerned it seems Ramirez would be the best signing with Phillips next and Sinclair third.

But Ramirez would take time to adjust to the pace of the Premier League, so again he would be a risk in the short term as we´ve found out so many times before when players are brought in from the continent.

And Ramirez wouldn´t be cheap either and we suppose the options are either a permanent deal or a loan deal through the end of the seoasn, with an option to buy in the summer.

sandro ramirez

Sandro Ramirez – Barcelona winger

Ramirez was born in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, and joined the Barcelona Youth Academy back in 2009.

He played for Barcelona B 61 times with 15 goals and has played for all the Spanish Youth sides including 3 appearances for the U21 side.

The talented youngster has played 19 times this season for Barcelona and scored three goals and in total has 31 appearances for the Spanish powerhouse with 7 goals.

It looks like Sandro would be the next best option to Andros Townsend, but he would be more of a risk than the 10 times capped England Intenrational.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1


    I’m sorry but I think you’re bordering on the delusional a bit here. We have spent fortunes but have signed some dodgy players and appointed an even more dodgy coach.

    This is one time we can’t claim money hasn’t been spent but it’s been put in the hands of the wrong people.

    Yes maybe in the case of Austin it would have been better paying him the 100k a week instead of splashing 14M on Thauvin.

    However, how can you trash the reason he wanted to stay South for family reasons. You don’t know the guy personally. Who would you want to play for, Koeman or SM, a progressive club or us. The list goes on.

    Signing Townsend is just throwing good money after bad, just ask Spurs fans. Is Berahino the prolific goalscorer we need. Maybe, but anything North of 15M is a masssive gamble on a guy with an attitude who doesn’t want to come here.

    Not saying we should cut these clowns any slack at all, but don’t think another 40M on Townsend and Berahino is necessarily the answer and may be in this case walking away is the right thing.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #2

    The money spend on Cabella was only wasted because of management here. His stats was off the roof. Really great season in France and contributed to alot of goals.

    Look at the failings here and you’ll see a pattern. This club needs to figure a few things out.

    A) Are we being run like Swansea or like Arsenal

    B) When scouting players from different systems and styles don’t be surprised if they are not replicating their form if you are basically demanding something entirely different from them

    C) And finally, the club gets back from the players what they put into it (ambition so to speak)

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3

    If people want PL experience and players that fit how we play football then surely Townsend is your guy!

    You cannot have it both ways!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Equally Ramirez could be a Perez or Wijnaldum and hit the ground running.
    sadio mane would be the ideal striker for us

  • dannitoon

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #5

    Phillips shouldve been bought 20 years ago. .. but no… we let him go to sunderland…. oh… id rather have matt Phillips o er townsend… at least he’s been playing regularly

  • WestOzMag

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s not the lack of cash that Ashley is spending, its the quality and experience of the player that gets signed is what’s lacking Is say Carr, Penfold and McClaren are to blame for that!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #7


    not if they’re s—e.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #8


    20 years ago!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #9

    If we sign Ramirez and for what ever reason doesn’t hit the ground running we won’t hear the end of it on here 🙁

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #10

    oh Kevin, right with you now.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #11

    spot on Jesper

    if we have so many foreign players why never a foreign coach. Top 9 out of 10 teams all foreign coaches now, but we still appoint Brit dinosaurs.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda…I think Townsend is exactly what a coach like McC needs. What else would you throw his way.

  • sing in the corner

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #13

    As predicted the reactionary majority started to round on last week’s genius Shelvey and his fellow new boy Saivet.
    Shelvey is a good player, he will make us tick with his quality of passing. But he has to have the ball. Wether it was some kind of misguided tactical formation issue or not who knows, but he was playing deeper than last week and was frequently bypassed with longish balls to Mitro, or Aaron’s heading down blind alleys and losing possession.
    People who get on Colbacks back constantly should note that the difference in our midfield play last week was he picked up the ball repeatedly and fed Shelvey, who pulled the strings. We were disjointed and ineffective in midfield on Saturday.
    I don’t blame Saivet as it was his first game in a new league / country / team. Neither should anyone else in my opinion.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda…It’s not rocket science really! It’s just football. It’s not that difficult!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #15


    i don’t see how a headless chicken (this guy would make obertan look productive) who runs down blind alleys, takes stupid shots from miles out instead of providing good passes to better placed team mates, has poor career stats and a bit of an attitude, has been loaned at 11 times and is going to cost as much as Wijnaldum did and is not wanted by an excellent manager in Pochettino, is going to help SM that much. What am I missing here?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda….I never said he was worth £14M or close. I have just seen what happens to great flair players at this club so it’s getting rather difficult I think.

  • nufc_eire

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Lads, quick question for you all. I missed watching the game at the weekend arb just caught the motd highlights.

    It looked like Saivet got shaken off quite easily by Deeney for Ighalos goal and I remember a couple of similar incidents in the previous game too.

    Is saivet looking somewhat lightweight for the role we need him to play? I know it’s early doors in his time here but just looking to see what people who were watching him think about that. Cheers

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #18

    And I have seen the kind of players who get praise here

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Where is this striker?!?!?????!!!!!!!

  • croftus5678

    Jan 25, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #20

    hmm ok guys reality check here !

    thauvin has played 579 mins which works out at just under 6 and 1/2 full games and in that time he’s scored 1 and assisted 3 all be it in 1 cup game granted.

    are we honestly making him out to public enemy no1 and throwing him on the scrap heap ?

    does he deserve the abuse we are throwing at him ?

  • anthc

    Jan 25, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #21

    I have the same concerns as saivet, seems weak physically and we’ll off the pace. He may come good but the predicament we’re in we can’t afford to carry anybody. Get tiote back in good against man utd and Chinese team seem to be mucking him about.

  • dannitoon

    Jan 25, 2016 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Let’s be honest… there’s no bloody strikers out there…. hernandez maybe… (ex man utd one)… I actually rated LDJ but P45 n Co ruined that… gayle from CPALACE or Rhodes is what we will probably end up with….

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 25, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #23

    14 Million for a guy who wasn’t worth 14 Million when he was doing well, I do like what I’ve seen be it only for England…. but Spurs are ripping people of as usual… and ruing the guys potential England career at the same time…. can’t believe they rejected 10.5 million for someone you dont want or use.


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