There’s news in the Chronicle and in the Croydon press today that it’s looking more and more like Andros Townsend will be returning to Newcastle this week on a loan deal.
But it’s now looking more like a loan with an obligation to buy, after Andros has played a certain number of first team games for Newcastle.
Palace lost again yesterday – this time 1-0 at home to Everton with a late goal from Coleman – and manager Sam Allardyce is now said to be warming to the possibility of a loan deal as long as the terms are right.
Andros Townsend after scoring against Swansea last season
Sam is very keen to add to his squad in the next 10 days the January transfer window is open.
An obligation to buy rather than an option to buy would seem to be a better deal for the London club, plus a decent loan fee they could then use this month on some transfer targets.,
Rafa Benitez and Newcastle have found this transfer window difficult with some ridiculous fees being asked for players.
And therefore the Newcastle manager is more willing to do loan deals and keep the transfer funds for the summer when hopefully we are back in the Premier League.
Andros has just one goal in 23 games for the Eagles and at the time we thought his move back to London was not a good career choice.
It was no coincidence that he played his best football under Rafa Benitez – 3 goals and 2 assists in 14 appearances for Newcastle – and we just couldn’t see that continuing under Alan Pardew – having had four years of Alan at Newcastle and he is nowhere near the manager that Rafa Benitez is.
This is what we wrote on July 1st after Andros wrote a letter to Geordie fans about why he left for Palace:
“It’s good that Andros wrote that but it seems a very short-sighted decision to give up Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez for Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew.”
Rafa rates Townsend highly and had a great working relationship with him at Newcastle and he improved his game considerably, but the England International has dropped back since then.
Rafa obviously believes in the player and that will help the deal get done in the coming week.
Andros is also letting everybody know he wants a return to Newcastle and that should also help the chances of Newcastle being able to get it completed.
There’s now a very good chance Newcastle can pull off what would be a great deal for us.
What do you think?