Our new signing Andros Townsend seems to be delighted to have signed for Newcastle and have a football career ahead of him again after he was frozen out at Tottenham since last October, after he’s been at Tottenham since he was just eight years old.
Andros seems determined to rebuild his career on Tyneside.
That could be very good for us and he is already in training at Newcastle saying that he has kept himself fit and is in the best shape of his life.
Andros Townsend – met with the press yesterday
We need to see Andros at or near his top form very soon and he will probably play on the opposite wing to Moussa Sissoko in the first team although likely to be on the bench for the first couple of games next week at Everton (Wednesday) and at home to West Brom on the following Saturday.
This is some of what Andros said yesterday, when he held a press conference when he revealed he has taken the number 25 shirt at Newcastle:
“I’ve played a lot of Premier League games in the past.” “I’ve played six or seven times for the Under-21s. I’m ready and fully fit.”
“I’m delighted to finally be a Newcastle player.” “Talks have been going on for two or three weeks, and I just had to keep my focus.”
“With six days of the transfer window to go, they finally got the deal done.”
“I have got a point to prove now, haven’t I? I think my last full 90 minutes in the Premier League was just under two years ago, so I have not played consistently in a long time.”
“The last time I played nine or 10 Premier League games in a row, I was playing for Spurs, playing for England and kind of setting the world alight, so I can’t wait to get a run of games and consistency going and hopefully get back to that level I was at a few years ago.”
“I watched the game Newcastle played at White Hart Lane. At the time, Tottenham had been on an unbeaten run, but Newcastle were the better team, they had great quality.”
“The subs made the difference, which showed their strength in depth, and in the meantime they have added Shelvey and Saivet.”
“I have confidence we have the ability in the dressing room to stay up. I am surprised at their position, but it is a crazy season, anyone can beat anyone. Hopefully now the manager has brought in the players that he wants, we can climb the table.”
“Roy Hodgson has always had faith in my ability and included me in squads. Every time he has put me on the pitch, I have re-paid that faith.”
“I have always said I need to take baby steps. I have not played in the Premier League for a couple of months now.”
“I need to focus solely on Newcastle and getting back to playing Premier League football and helping Newcastle get out of the relegation zone and to Premier League survival.”
“If I can do that and score a few goals along the way, hopefully the England stuff will come off the back of that.”
Andros is a great signing for us if a little expensive, but we’d rather see Newcastle pay over the odds right now than balk at the price of good English players – which we have done far too many times in the past.
Certainly Andros is likely to become a big favorite with the crowd, because of his positive attitude and his willingness to sign for Newcastle, when a number of other clubs were in for him.
If he can produce some of his old form, that will certainly help us in what has become yet another fight for survival in the Premier League this season.