However, since Frank Lampard has taken over as manager on Merseyside, the former Tottenham winger has been left on the bench in four out of the last ten games, starting just three of the six matches in which he has appeared in. One of those came in the FA Cup against National League side Boreham Wood last week.
It’s clear that the Chelsea legend doesn’t rate the experienced 30-year-old as highly as the likes of Anthony Gordon, and with Townsend earning a wage of £48k-p/w, it would make sense for Everton to sell him this summer for a juicy profit while they still can.
Valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, he would be an excellent addition for a newly-promoted side with cash to burn on Premier League-ready players, having been a regular feature in the top flight since 2013 along with earning 13 England caps, scoring three goals.
Despite not having too much game-time in recent weeks, statistically Townsend has still been one of the best crossers in the game this season, ranking in the top 1% among wingers in Europe’s top five leagues and continental competitions for completed crosses per 90 with 0.90.
His efforts when helping on defence has also been excellent, earning him praise from journalist Dan Cook, who described him as “absolutely tireless” after a game for Crystal Palace last season, with him ranking in the top 9% for tackles per 90 (2.09), top 10% for successful pressures per 90 (6.17) and top 1% for blocks per 90 (2.70) this campaign.
When called upon, the winger could still be a reliable asset to any team and could command a generous transfer fee in the summer. With Everton in financial bother, it would make sense for them to sell players who are on the fringes of the first team and replace them with young talent from the academy.
Townsend falls into that former category, and with his contract expiring in June 2023, this summer’s transfer window may well be the Toffees’ best opportunity to move him on for a healthy fee, rather than seeing him walk away for nothing further down the line.