Alan Pardew has today revealed on Goals on Sunday that the club management were looking at Tottenham star, and England's latest debutant, Andros Townsend in the Summer.
He revealed that the club were considering a loan move for the winger, but in the end opted against it as they weren’t sure he was better than what we already have (Jonas).
The lad has appeared in 8 games this season for Tottenham, despite their array of midfield options following a flurry of activity in the Summer. And with four assist and one goal in those games, he’s certainly priven his worth.
Townsend, who has been on loan at NINE different clubs throughout his young career, may have finally earnt his place in a team that looks to challenge for the title this season.
It’s disappointing to see that we could have quite easily snapped up a cheap gem in Townsend. It was widely regarded he’d be sold this Summer, but a prodcutive pre-season has led to a complete change in fortunes.
Until Gutierrez is finally shifted, or a replacement winger is bought, I struggle to support Pardew’s team selection and judgement of players. A very poor final ball and a lack of pace has restricted the strikeforce for the past two seasons, and we’ve missed out on what could have been a realy coup in Townsend.
Wilfied Zaha’s name has been bandied about a bit in recent weeks, with a loan move apparently on the cards. A move for Townsend is now definitely off the cards, so lets hope a player such as Zaha can be brought in instead.