According to BBC Sport, Tottenham Hotspur have accepted a £12million bid from Newcastle United for winger Andros Townsend. The English international is set to leave White Hart Lane after spending 16 years at the club. He revealed that the Magpies were the only club he wanted to sign for after leaving the Spurs.
“As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest they were the only club I wanted to join. I can’t wait to play my first game at St James’ Park, I am excited.” – he told the reporters.
Having already signed Jonjo Shelvey from Swansea City and Henri Saivet from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux for a combined cost of £17m this month, Steve McClaren’s side look poised to spend again in their bid to escape relegation.
But did Mauricio Pochettino make a right decision by letting the promising player join Premier League rivals?
- He’s versatile and is able to play at any position in the wing, could be very helpful for the team during their injury problems.
- There are only two prolific wingers in Spurs squad – Érik Lamela and Nacer Chadli.
- Andros is a extremely quick player with excellent dribbling, shooting and crossing abilities. Thus he could have an immediate effect on both end of the pitch while coming from the bench.
- His playing style is very similar to the Dutch star Arjen Robben, who apparently needed trust and confidence from his managers to become an unstoppable attacker and a huge force for his team.
- Townsend is a hard-worker and has a motivation to work hard in order to secure a place in Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 in France this summer.
Hopefully the 24-year-old could have a better career in Tyneside, after having made 91 appearances for Tottenham including 38 as a substitute – earning him 10 caps for his country.