It wasn’t rocket science to predict what could happen to Andros Townsend after he left Newcastle at the end of June for Crystal Palace.
That came after he had been little short of sensational for the Magpies under Rafa Benitez in those final games of last season.
Andros was even expected to stay on Tyneside after he had admitted that Rafa had made him into a better player after he had made the 26 man squad for England for the Euro 2016 tournament, although he didn’t make the cut to the final 23.
But he eventually decided to leave Newcastle to fight for his England place.
Andros Townsend while at Newcastle last season
Andros was dropped for the Crystal Palace game against Liverpool over the weekend (Liverpool won 4-2) after he has been struggling at Selhurst Park with only one goal and no assists in 11 appearances for his new club.
When he left Newcastle we thought it was a short-sighted career move, because it was Rafa who had made him into a much better player.
And hopefully Newcastle would only be down below in the Championship for one season – so Andros was essentially basing his decision on one season.
To be fair to Andros – it was still a risk that Newcastle would not get straight back – but it’s not turning out that way at the moment.
After four years of Alan Pardew we know Alan is not in the same class as Rafa – either in coaching or in man-management which includes getting the best out of the players available.
Alan Pardew is a decent enough coach but nowhere near world-class.
Here’s what we wrote in this article on June 29th:
“This is also an early blow for Rafa Benitez, who made Andros into a better player in a short 10 games at the end of last season – by the player’s own admission.”
“It’s short-sighted by Andros not to see the big picture of why he managed to get into the England 26 man squad this summer after being in the wilderness at Tottenham for so long.”
“It was the world-class coaching of Rafa Benitez.”
“Alan Pardew is not a world-class coach – we know that because he was at Newcastle for four years and the difference in class between the two managers is staggering.”
And the irony of this will not have gone unnoticed, because when Andros signed on at Palace he had said this:
“Hopefully Alan Pardew can take my game to another level.”
Well he has – but unfortunately for Andros it’s not the level he was hoping for.
Andros recently said he could even return to Newcastle someday in the future, but that will not happen.
Newcastle are doing well so far, having won 14 of our last 16 games and into the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the first time in a long while.
Of course it’s early days yet so we hope Andros can get his career back on track at Palace, who are the 13th club he has played for in his career.