Still Uncertainty Over Andros Townsend Future

Two days ago there was a report in the Mirror that Rafa Benitez had met with Andros Townsend on Monday and told the in-demand winger that Newcastle were willing to give him a new contract to get him to stay at the club.

There are a number of clubs after Townsend, with Crystal Palace said to be in the lead, but West Ham and Southampton are also said to be interested.

The report on Monday indicated that after meeting with Benitez, Townsend had said he would be willing to stay on Tyneside.

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Andros Townsend scores

The Chronicle is reporting today that he said he would consider staying on Tyneside – which is a little different.

It looks like Andros has not yet fully committed to staying and will keep his options open in case a big offer comes in from another club.

The release clause in his con tract is anywhere from £8M to £13M, but the local papers are saying it’s £13M and that makes sense to cover the £12M we are said to have paid Tottenham for him.

Andros is much more likely to stay, with Benitez having committed his future to Newcastle next season in the second division.

Unfortunately, it seems like Newcastle will be vulnerable to losing some of their top players until the end of August, which is not the ideal situation, but that’s one of the bad consequences when a club is relegated.

Benitez has the final decision on all incoming and outgoing transfers at St James’ Park and got agreement from the club that he didn’t have to sell any of his good players this summer.

But there will still be offers coming in and some players like Moussa Sissoko and probably Gini Wijnaldum will want to fly the coop.

If Rafa wants to keep a player he and Newcastle will do their utmost to keep the player – but we’ll have to wait until the end of August before we find out who does leave – and that’s not a good situation to be in.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Is there any chance Rafa will use a diamond formation in midfield to accommodate Arma and Mitrovic?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilongwe Geordie // Jun 8, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Do we think Rafa is in a position where he needs to exert his authority by making an example of someone? I’d hope his collection of winners medals compared with the bottom half finishes and early cup exits would do that for him.

    I’d prefer us to give Sissoko what he wants, and ship him out ASAP. The guy is far from irreplaceable, and it will hopefully allow us to build a better balanced squad with a better group mentality. Offer him to Stoke to tempt them to pull out of any deal for Redmond, and then quickly get Redmond signed up.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I’d say it is unlikely. If Arma is to start it will be more likely in the no.10 role off another striker in a 4231 I’d imagine.

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #4

    Lil…who knows what a bunch spoilt, millionaire 20 year olds think….lol.
    I do like your idea of offering him mid table prem teams to test his mettle.

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #5

    if we play someone in the No. 10 roll, does the formation not then morph into a diamond? Serious question, genuinely interested…

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Santon? As what? Many managers did rate him, not so many now, and none that have been willing to hang there hat on him and sign him or select him regularly for the national team.

    He isn’t good defensively, and isn’t great offensively. I’d rather have Dummet left back in the Championship than Santon – I’d have preferred Robertson to both, but with Hull’s promotion that is unlikely to be a viable option now.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #7

    Not in a 4231, I guess if we are talking shapes, it becomes more of a pentagon…. The diamond in midfield would generally be 4 midfielders and either 2 strikers or 5 defenders – more often 2 strikers.

    Rafa has been pretty consistent in his use of 4231 through the bulk of his career. I’d expect him to continue this, but potentially with a greater emphasis on utilising the additional attacking potential within this formation (becoming a more 424/433 when on the ball) rather than when we have used it previously when at times it seemed more a 451 with the striker very isolated.

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #8


  • croftus5678

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #9

    many questions to be asked if and when outgoing players leave !
    can we attract their quality coming in if we let one go out ? championship quality i”ve no doubt we can but we dont want to be taking championship players on long contracts back into the prem with us imo.

    he needs to retain all the prem quality he can atm as not many proper prem players would want to play in the championship no matter who the manager is.

  • Jib

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Daryl Janmaat is 27 next month.

    This site (Dutch sites follow the same philosophy as my missus – why use 2 words when you can fit in 10 !)

    has come to the conclusion that although we paid €6.5 million to Feyenoord for him – Juventus will get him for €4 million !

  • Bambams

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Townsend could be waiting to see what players come in and to make sure we get the right players ( whoever they are) to ensure we have the best chance of promotion.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #12


    you can play with whatever you want but as you dont have to play on set formations !

    acm (attacking centre midfielder)
    second striker (formally known as no10’s) but now it seems anyone in the final 3rd can be considered a no10 and not a second striker.

    so imo an acm is still classed as midfield and a second striker is classed as a forward.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #13

    IN reality though, a formation isn’t that important. The same formations can be used in various different ways. More important is the philosophy and ethos that the team has and how they are directed or choose to play.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Sky News reporting that City are in talks to sign Aubameyang.
    If they sign him – and providing the improve their defence -not impressed with Demichelis, Mangala and Otamendi – they will take the title next season.
    PEA – proper footballer.

  • Blofal

    Jun 8, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #15

    With the money coming into the premier league from the TV deal we simply MUST demand silly money for our players.

    If Townsend was worth $12m he is now worth $24m. The clubs have the money and we have no desire to sell. I’m pleased the club released that statement about doing what is best for the club and I hope they squeeze every last cent out of any club trying to poach our players.

    I trust Rafa though. Townsend seems to be the only one with a release clause so we have to convince him to stay. But the rest? Silly money only.

    $20m for Sissoko
    $30m for Wijnaldum
    $16m for Janmaat.

    If those players are sold for any less I’ll be furious.

  • SA Toon

    Jun 8, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Personally, I would rather Sissoko leaves for a reasonable price than hangs around SJP poisoning the dressing room. I think he could do a great job for us in the Championship, but he is a fair weather player and often doesn’t pitch up when he is needed most. His conduct yesterday was appalling and part of me wants to see him go and fight for a place on the bench at Arsenal. As for Townsend, I really hope Rafa can convince him to stay. If he does stay despite his release clause, then he becomes legend in my book and deserves proper support next season. He would tear the Championship to shreds!


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