Andros Townsend is one player in big demand in the Premier League, after he played some of his best football at Newcastle when he joined us from Tottenham last January.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay up in the Premier League but we did manage, rather miraculously, to capture the services of Rafa Benitez for at least three years and Rafa is acknowledged as one of the world’s best managers and he has made an enormous difference at Newcastle already.
Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez at Spurs game
During Rafa’s negotiations to stay at the club, one of his conditions was that he didn’t have to sell any of the current squad – and he has since made it known he wants to keep the best players.
That will include Andros, whom he had playing so well in those final games of the season that he made the initial squad of 26 English players for the Euro 2016.
But Andros was cut and that is looking like a mistake by Roy Hodgson, given the average performance of the team so far and England didn’t even win their group.
But a release clause in his contract thought to be around £13M means that any club that meets that fee can talk to Andros, although one of the things Newcastle can do is offer him a new deal on better wages and take out that release clause – or else make it for a much higher figure – say £30M.
Andros has already created a bond with Newcastle supporters, who just love the lad and he has even shown some commitment to the club.
A few weeks ago Rafa Benitez is said to have met with him personally and told him the club are willing to give him a new deal on £75K/week wages, up from his current £55K/week wages.
So if they can persuade Andros to pen that new deal this summer, it will save Newcastle from the uncertainty that currently surrounds Townsend.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Andros has moved to the area – but he has to do that to play for Newcastle – so exactly what that means is not clear.
Maybe it means he has bought a house in the Newcastle area and that would be a positive sign that he wants to stay.
But Rafa Benitez will certainly want to tie this man down, because he is obviously a top player who Newcastle must try to keep at the club long term.
The fans can also help by ensuring Andros knows the Toon Army want him to stay to help us get promotion next May and then push on from there to challenge near the top of the Premier League.
That’s Rafa’s plan for the club.
It would be easier to do that with Andros in the team.
What do you think?