We have been impressed with the initial play of Andros Townsend and also his attitude, but of course it’s only been a couple of games he’s played, but it seems that Andros is simply determined to get match fit and make a contribution at Newcastle as quickly as he can.
He almost had a goal and an assist against West Brom pn Saturday when his shot hit the post in the second half and then his brilliant right wing cross was headed over the bar by Gini Wijnaldum, when the Dutchman should have done a lot better.
Andros Townsend – in action on Saturday against West Brom
Steve McClaren was instrumental in getting Andros to the club last month and he has talked about the 24 year-old England International:
“Townsend will get better and better, the fitter he gets. When he picks up the ball he’s so dangerous. He must be a defender’s nightmare, he is relentless.”
“He does not go backwards, he goes forward all the time, he loses it sometimes and that frustrates you. But he’s so positive.”
“He deserved a goal. He hit the post but he was very good.” “Now we’ll get players fit over the next few weeks, and I hope we’ll get better and stronger as the season concludes.”
“The players have been great – good, attacking football. We’ve shown what this team is capable of doing, and it’s all about doing that consistently.”
Townsend is keen to get into the England squad for the Euro 2016 finals this summer, so it would help to put in a Man of the Match performance soon – preferably where England manager Roy Hodgson is likely to be – London.
So it could be a great opportunity for Andros to put in that kind of performance tomorrow at Stamford Bridge in the early kick-off game to catch the eye again.
If we are pull away from the relegation zone before the end of the season – which surely has to be the goal if only to relieve the stress on the fans – then we need to start putting a string of wins together.
Newcastle currently have one win on the trot – maybe we can make it two tomorrow?