After successfully seeing off West Ham United last time out at St. James’ Park and showing some much improved form in front of goal last week, the Tyneside faithful now have every reason to expect a better run of fortune from their team throughout the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.
The Magpies admittedly looked a lot more dominant with new signing, Jonjo Shelvey, out on the field, and with a his impressive ability to send in a long-range pass – and sly tendency to produce the odd off-ball elbow for good measure – the former Swansea City man certainly had a debut to remember it must be said.
However, although Newcastle have only recently announced the 23-year-old’s signing alongside that of Senegal international, Henri Saivet, this January, it seems as if the club’s reported interest in Tottenham winger, Andros Townsend, could indicate that Steve McClaren may have unfinished business in the transfer market at this current stage.
So then, would the former England international really help save the Magpies from the impending threat of relegation this season, or could Townsend simply represent yet another transfer gaffe on Tyneside?
Well, seeing as the infamous Spurs hierarchy are supposedly unwilling to sell their out-of-favour winger for less than £14m this winter, surely Newcastle could ultimately find themselves a better deal if they looked hard enough throughout the course of the January transfer window.
Although Townsend can most definitely prove a somewhat effective asset on his day, it seems as if the Magpies risk being ripped off considerably if they fail to convince Spurs to drop their recent asking price for the player in question.
McClaren has already been lumbered with the disappointing figure of Florian Thauvin this term of course – who despite costing his current employers close to £13m over the summer looks set to re-join Marseille on loan after failing to settle in the English top-flight. Whilst Townsend’s prior Premier League experience would likely hold him in much better stead than the aforementioned Frenchman, now is no time to be careless when it comes to big-money moves in the transfer market for Newcastle.
The current Tottenham winger has largely been cast aside at White Hart Lane this season after all. The 24-year-old wide midfielder has hardly been involved in the Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans this term, and has instead been forced to operate with the U-21s after reportedly clashing with certain members of the Tottenham coaching staff. Although the former QPR loanee was once considered a very promising prospect indeed, it remains difficult to remember the last time Townsend completed a full 90 minutes for Spurs.
With such an analysis on board, it would certainly seem unwise for Newcastle to even consider the £14m asking price currently hanging above the head of Tottenham’s largely forgotten winger. Despite their improved form out on the pitch recently, the determined Magpies still nonetheless find themselves in the midst of a clear relegation dog-fight, and ultimately can’t afford the luxury of bedding in a new player who has barely featured in the Premier League this season.
Yes, Townsend arguably hasn’t been given enough opportunities to shine at White Hart Lane with all things taken into account, and could easily begin to replicate his best form at a new club this January, but as the Magpies are in no position to be taking any more risks right in the here and now – Steve McClaren must keep his wits about him when all is said and done this January.
Therefore, even though Andros Townsend may very well suit life at St. James’ Park one day in the not too distant future, £14m is simply too much to ask for a player who has unfortunately failed to impress for some time.