Newcastle United have been linked with a reunion in the past, but now seems like the perfect time to bring Andros Townsend back.
This summer, Newcastle United won’t want to simply cut big checks on popular players that don’t fit together. One position that will be considered due for an update is the right winger. Miguel Almiron has played there most of the season and he is definitely a starting-caliber player, but he’s known to be better utilized as a number ten in the middle of the attack. When the club looks to add a true right winger, they should look no further than their former player Andros Townsend.
Back before the resurgence of his hairline, Townsend played one season with the Magpies and scored four goals and added two assists in the relegation-bound campaign. He moved to Crystal Palace in the summer of 2016 and has established himself as a consistent performer in the top flight.
His first three seasons with the Eagles saw him play in more than 35 Premier League matches each year. In league play during those seasons, Townsend registered 19 assists in those seasons and 11 goals.
This season, he’s missed considerable time with a groin injury and has only one assist and one goal. His value shouldn’t be through the roof this summer and his contract expires after next season. He’s 28 years old, which isn’t the ideal age, but his experience and resume at this age is valuable to any Premier League side. If Newcastle can bring the winger back, he would provide quality crossing out wide and the ability to score from distance. His arrival, like any true right winger, would allow Almiron to play centrally where he’s at his best.