Recently Andros Townsend has been linked with a move back to Newcastle. The English winger departed for Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window with the hopes of getting an England call-up. Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out for Townsend with him failing to make an appearance in an England shirt and his form has dipped massively at his new club.
The Daily Mail has reported that Rafa is keen to re-sign the former NUFC man and strengthen Newcastle’s wide options.
Townsend left St James’ Park in July for £13 million after scoring four goals and creating two assists in 13 games. However, in 20 games Townsend has only scored one goal and provided one assist. It’s true what they say, the grass isn’t always greener.
Rafa is obviously a big fan of Townsend and recently said in a press conference that he wants to sign a player that he “really likes”, whether he’s talking about Townsend or not is unknown but if it’s a player Rafa rates highly he’s sure to be a great player.
Rafa Benitez says there's a player he "likes a lot" and is hopeful of bringing him in soon. Wouldn't say who, though!
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 17, 2017
There were a lot of unsettled fans when Townsend left as he acted in his own interest, rather than the teams’. This has lead to many mixed feelings among fans as they don’t know whether they would want him back. Yes he was a very good player that almost kept Newcastle up but on the other hand, he jumped ship as soon as another team came knocking so his loyalty has to be questioned. I for one would love him back as he would be a vital player in our bid for promotion but again his loyalty must be pulled into question.
Just to add fuel to the fire, the player recently liked a tweet about him returning to St James’ Park. Is this concrete proof of him wanting to come back? Of course not but all we can do is hope. The tweet is linked below. Who knows, he may just have been admiring his strike vs Chelsea which is attached to the tweet.
Well he likes the idea… pic.twitter.com/4bnlmK4xlp
— Newcastle Blue Star (@NUFCBluestar) January 16, 2017
Featured image credit: Ian Paterson