Season stats show Townsend won’t improve Newcastle drastically

Newcastle United remain keen on bringing Andros Townsend back to the North East, just half-a-season after selling him to Crystal Palace for £13m, but it may not be a deal that improves Rafael Benitez’ squad dramatically.

This season, returning to the Premier League, Andros Townsend has found it extremely difficult to make a positive impression at Selhurst Park and his season stats do not make for good reading.

In 21 Premier League appearances this season, Townsend has scored just one goal and has contributed with just one assist; which equates to being directly involved in a goal for Crystal Palace in every seven-and-a-half matches, on average.

He does pose a threat to the opposition, averaging just shy of two shots per-game, but a passing accuracy of 78% isn’t great. Judging by these numbers, there isn’t too much to suggest Townsend is the sort of deal that will fire Newcastle to the Championship title.

Of course, Townsend may find it easier to impress in the second-tier but Newcastle could struggle to find a place for him in the side as Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Yoann Gourcuff and Christian Atsu all have better numbers this term than the England international.