Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has revealed he’s received offers from overseas with his contract set to expire over the summer.
What’s the story?
The 29-year-old is one of 14 first-team players approaching the end of their current deals at Selhurst Park, and he disclosed on a recent interview on TalkSport how his future looks like it will be away from the south London outfit.
Speaking live on air, Townsend claimed he’s been approached by a number of clubs and will assess his options in the weeks to come.
“I’ve had a few offers from overseas. Waiting, hopefully now the season’s ended, for the Premier League offers to come in, and then I’ll just sit down with my agent and see which is the best offer for me at this time of my career, ” he said.
Fans will be gutted
Although Townsend may not have set the world alight during his five-year stint at Palace, scoring just 16 goals in 185 games for the capital club, he is certainly a useful player to have around.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United man contributes to the Eagles’ play in other aspects than just in terms of goals and his underlying numbers for 2020/21 indicate he’s still very much a key figure when given the chance to shine.
Townsend’s haul of five Premier League assists was only bettered by the impressive Eberechi Eze, while the pair’s 1.1 shots per game were the joint-third highest totals.
The former England international was again only behind Eze in terms of key passes per game this season, recording an impressive total of 1.2, and Townsend’s 1.6 crosses per game was the highest total in the first-team squad by far, as per WhoScored.
His direct nature once saw former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas describe the speed demon as a “fearless player” who can “drive forward and produce great link-up play” which is a set of attributes that could come in handy for whichever manager succeeds Roy Hodgson.
With multiple changes expected at Selhurst Park following the 73-year-old’s departure, some continuity could be extremely beneficial to Palace, and news of Townsend’s potentially imminent exit will surely leave large sections of the club’s supporters gutted.