There is some news in the London press today that Rafa is interested in signing Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace.
Andros was one of the players who decided to stay in the Premier League when we were relegated two years ago, and he left Newcastle for Palace.
But he was a good player for Newcastle when he was here, and he could be a good signing for us if he does come back.
Andros wanted to stay in the Premier League to help his England ambitions, but he is not in the England squad in Russia and hasn’t been in the England squad much at all since he left Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez with Andros Townsend – May 2016
Benitez is a huge fan of the winger, and while Robert Kenedy remains the number one choice, if we cannot get the 22-year-old Brazilian in for next season then Townsend would be a decent enough alternative.
Townsend played 36 Premier League games last season for Palace, and in the two seasons he’s been back in London he’s scored 5 goals and has 16 assists in 79 total appearances.
The big question is what will Townsend cost; Kenedy is said to be worth up to £20M by Chelsea.
And maybe to keep the costs down, we could get Townsend in on a season-long loan with an option to buy?
While at Newcastle Townsend scored 4 goals and 2 assists in 13 appearances for us, but we were still relegated.
What do you think?