Andros Townsend is set for a move to Everton after Palace exit
Andros Townsend’s five-year stint with Crystal Palace has come to an end which has led to speculations about his new home. Everton is the 30-year-old’s landing spot after mutually agreeing to a deal with a medical examination forthcoming.
Townsend leaves Palace on a free transfer because the club did not want to sign him to a contract extension. He will be an understated big signing for the Toffees as they look for upgrades in the right-wing of the squad. He is perceived as a low-risk signing since he is a reliable player who had a good stint with Palace.
He ends his stint with Palace after playing 185 games while scoring 16 goals and dishing out 28 assists. His strike against Manchester City back in the 2018-19 campaign is still remembered as one of the best the Premier League has ever seen. It was rightfully given the goal of the season award. Townsend wants to keep his momentum going because he’s 30 now and he wants to help contribute to a winning team.
Townsend is an experienced player who has played for multiple clubs in his career. This includes stints with Queens Park Rangers, Leeds United, Palace, and now, Everton. This is an underrated signing because Townsend provides new head coach Rafael Benítez an option on the right-wing who can also score goals.
Townsend and Rafa have a previous relationship because they were together when they were with Newcastle United back in the 2015-16 season. Townsend was a solid player for Rafa with the Magpies and the coach is happy they have reunited.
Rafa talked about why he likes Townsend and how the fit looks like with the Toffees.
‘He was OK though, he was good for us’, the coach said. ‘After that, he had the chance to go and took that chance because he was very close to playing for England. He left, but he was a good player. We were talking about names and he was one of them’.
The medical exam is the only hurdle they have to pass for a reunion and Toffees fans should be happy with this Townsend signing.
Words: Cholo Martin