Andros Townsend has been doing the rounds today and he has given interviews in the Mirror and the Times.
We have covered his interview in the Mirror where he says Rafa Benitez made him into a better player and he was sorry to leave Newcastle because Rafa had been so fantastic with him on Tyneside.
He also says his relationship with Rafa is still a good one and that the Newcastle manager texted him his congratulations when he got a call-up for the England side earlier this week.
Andros Townsend with Rafa Benitez
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In the Times he is saying it’s the first time in his career that he felt loved at any club he’s been at.
And if you include the clubs he’s been on loan to in his career we reckon that’s 12 clubs in total.
This is what he has said in the Times.
“It was the first time in my career that I actually did feel loved and did feel right.”
“The fans were great with me, everyone loved me.”
“On the last game of the season against Spurs, the standing ovation when I got subbed was incredible, it made the hair on my arms stand up.”
“It was extremely difficult to leave but football is a short career and sometime you use your head as opposed to your heart.”
“England featured in that decision to leave Newcastle. A year taking a step back in the Championship I decided I couldn’t really do that.”
“I’ve matured a lot and am getting crosses early into the box.”
“That is getting me more assists. I’m happy to be at Palace now, everything’s going well.”
Townsend was not named in Gareth Southgate’s initial England squad, but he was brought in for the injured Raheem Sterling.
Last season was a turnaround season for him because at Tottenham he was completely out of favor with manager Mauricio Pochettino and he had that well publicized altercation with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.
But that was more out of frustration than anything else.
And when you are a very good player in Newcastle’s famous black and white stripes – you get to be loved by the Geordie fans – and rather quickly too.
Players like Matt Ritchie – who was Townsend’s replacement at Newcastle – are finding that out this season.