Rafa Benitez did not want Andros Townsend to leave the club last summer and he met twice with the player and his agent in an attempt to get him to stay with Newcastle down below for only one season.
But of course there was never any guarantee that we would come straight back up, even though we were the lowest odds Championship club ever at odds-on to win the Championship – never mind just get promoted.
We eventually did that with about a minute left in the season but it was hardly easy – in fact it was very very tough.
A great shot of Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend on the touchline last year
Raga was keen to sign two players in the January window and they were Andros Townsend and James McCarthy from Everton.
And usually the players we went after in January are now strong targets this summer, but we’ve heard very little about Townsend of late and one time earlier this summer it looked like he could be our very first signing.
Of course Crystal Palace now have a new manager in to replace Sam Allardyce and he’s the former Ajax and Inter-Milan boss Frank de Boer,
Frank was the overriding favorite of Newcastle fans two years ago when Lee Charnley made another mistake and appointed the woeful Steve McClaren as the head coach.
Maybe Andros seems like it would better to stay in London at Palace under the new manager, who of course loves to play attacking football.
Our understanding is that Andros still has a release contract of £13M in his contract, so if the Magpies are willing to pay that we are then allowed to talk to the player and discuss terms.
£13M for Andros Townsend in today’s wild transfer market would be seem like a very good buy for us with very low risk since he played so well for Rafa when he was at Newcastle – the best he’s played in his career probably.
That’s especially true when we seem to be finding players difficult to bring in this summer because most are overpriced.
But with total silence from Newcastle on Townsend, maybe we have already made an approach and Andros wants to stay put?
Wonder if the local journalists have any insight on this since Rafa has hardly been slow to let everybody know he really rates Andros as a player?
He would be a very popular signing.
Here’s the results of the poll we put out in mid-January and it was really to find out if our fans would forgive Andros for leaving us in our time of need.
Would You Take Andros Townsend Back At Newcastle?
- Yes (85%, 7,647 Votes)
- No (15%, 1,377 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,024