Former Player – Rafa Benitez Was Fantastic With Me

Andros Townsend was the first high profile player to leave Newcastle in the summer, when at the end of June he told Rafa Benitez he wanted to leave  the club and the Newcastle manager moved quickly to get Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth in as a replacement.

And Matt has been so good this season that we have hardly missed Andros, although if he had stayed Ritchie on one wing and Andros on the other would have been awesome.

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Andros Townsend and Rafa Benitez at Newcastle

Andros recently said he moved so he could retain his England place after his career was reignited once he moved to Newcastle last January.

And the 25 year-old only just missed out on the England squad of 23 for the European Championship in the summer.

This is what Andros has said in the Mirror about Rafa Benitez and his move to Crystal Palace:

“He understood when I made my decision, I dropped him a text to let him know,”

“Benitez texted to ­congratulate me on my England call-up.” “He understood and all is well there.”

“He’s fantastic, especially for me at the time. When he came in, I was injured for a bit, I was struggling a bit.”

“But from day one he put his faith in me, said he believed in me, that he wanted to help me progress my career, score goals and assist goals. I became a better player under him.”

“In my career, the biggest criticism of me has been the goals and the assists, not being as effective as I would like to.”

“Under Rafa I scored four goals in 12 games – it definitely improved my ­productivity in the final third.”

Those are good comments from Andros and they will certainly help Newcastle and Rafa get new players into the club in January and next summer.

Andros has looked good at Crystal Palace this season, but what Andros doesn’t realize is that Rafa could have made him into an even better player if he had stayed at Newcastle.

And if all goes according to plan then Newcastle will be back in the Premier League next season and Rafa will push on from there.

Rafa Benitez’ stated goal for why he wanted to stay at Newcastle was to win trophies with the club and Andros could have been part of that.

But that will not happen now.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Footballers never cease to amaze me with their stupidity. You’ve been struggling to get a game for ages, forgotten about completely and your career has stalled. You get a move to club – a big club also – and things start to work. Rafa comes in and boosts your game to heights forgotten. Turns you back on track towards international recognition and the fans love you. We get relegated – clearly a temporary setback – but Rafa stays. What do you do? Sign for Palace and Pardew. Pardew or Rafa? Der! Pardew!! The mind boggles.

  • AncientC

    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Townsend speaking about his decision to leave Newcastle and informing Benitez: “He understood when I made my decision, I dropped him a text to let him know.”

    Townsend not only showing how dense he is with that remark, but proving what a shirker he is… sending Benitez a text indeed.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Andros, you ran out first chance you got, I don’t wish you ill but you’ll get no welcome from me when you turn out for spurs against us next season.

  • Jib

    Oct 7, 2016 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #4

    He’ll be a bit hard to spot in the Spurs team.


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