A lot of people in the game thought that Newcastle overpaid for Andros Townsend when we signed him from Tottenham for £12M in January, but he’s been great for us since then and scored four scintillating goals.
He finished second behind goalkeeper Rob Elliot in our annual Player of the Season poll – he made such an impact at Newcastle in a short four months.
And his great form has landed Andros in the 26 man squad that will take part in the friendly games leading up to the Euro Championships.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez at end of Tottenham game
The first friendly game is today against Turkey (5:15 pm kickoff) at the City of Manchester Stadium.
Andros is very clear it was Rafa Benitez who is responsible for his improved form and he was asked if he hopes Rafa will stay on at the club:
“Of course I hope he stays, that’s no secret. Ever since he came to the club there was an upturn in my form, from day one.”
“He’s been very hands-on with me, telling me how I can take my game to the next level and he’s been a huge help getting me where I am today, back in an England shirt.”
“I hope he stays, that’s no secret. Ever since he came to the club there was an upturn in my form, from day one.”
“I’m not naive, I know maybe I got my chance because Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got injured, but I’ve been given this chance and I’ve got to take it with both hands.”
“I was delighted to be called up. The media was speculating, in some reports I was in and some I wasn’t. It was bittersweet of course, because I would have liked Newcastle to stay up and then get the call, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
“It was a huge honor and a big relief when I was named in the provisional squad. The manager has to pick 23 out of 26 now, that’s going to be very difficult.”
“I know loyalty is not going to get me on the plane to France, I need to play well in the friendlies if I’m given game time.”
The latest news on Rafa is that he will be introduced as the new manager at Newcastle for the next three years on or before this coming Wednesday.
That will be a monumental achievement to get a world-class manager to manage Newcastle in the second division – the future will then look extremely bright for Newcastle United with Rafa stating publicly he wants to win trophies at Newcastle.
And it will also be a huge relief for Newcastle fans if it happens, because the fans simply don’t trust the current leadership (we use the word loosely) at the club.
Let’s hope Andros makes the final 23 man squad for the Euro 2016 – and maybe he will get a game today against Turkey.