Townsend’s numbers at Newcastle justify potential return

Newcastle are a curious club. Despite being a massive team in the history of English football and one followed by millions of fans both at home and abroad, they often struggle to get things right, which was summed up last season as they spent heavily across two transfer windows and appointed a proven manager in Rafa Benitez (albeit late on) yet still slumped to relegation.

Their Championship campaign thus far looks like being one that will guarantee an immediate bounce-back, but this club can never stay out of the headlines, and Sky Sports’ Keith Downie has claimed that a late January move to re-sign Andros Townsend could go through as long as the Magpies and Crystal Palace can agree a loan fee.

In case you didn’t know, the North East outfit signed the former Spurs man around a year ago before seeing him move on over the summer when the Eagles triggered his release clause. He could be on his way back though, and his numbers from his short stint at St. James’ Park justify the Tynesiders’ interest…

Although Newcastle were awful at the back end of 2015/16, Townsend managed four goals and two assists in his 13 league outings, while also creating 26 chances. He contributed defensively, too, with 22 tackles. So, should Benitez re-sign the England international?