Andros Townsend has been a revelation since he arrived on Tyneside in January, and lately under the savvy tutelage of Rafa Benitez, the 24 year-old Englishman has been playing near the top of his form.
In 11 games for Newcastle he has scored four great goals and has two assists and the winger must stand an outside chance of making the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships this summer.
Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend at end of Palace game
Yesterday during his news conferences his new boss Rafael Benitez has backed the former Tottenham player to make Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016 to be held in France in June.
Benitez was asked whether he thinks Andros will make the England squad:
“For me, yes, I think he’s doing so well that he can be in the squad without any problem,”
“He has quality, but it is not just that quality from free-kicks and the way that he plays, it is that he works so hard also helping the team in defense.“
“When you are a manager, you are looking for players you can trust. He can make the difference in attack, but he also helps out in defense.”
Townsend made the move to Newcastle for around £12M in January, but it seems he has a release clause in his contract for just £8M that can be exercised if Newcastle are relegated.
We hope that doesn’t happen and we have one hell of a player in the squad.