The Spurs winger has shot to fame this term and made the England national side, but he could have been playing for the North East club if the Toon boss had acted.
Andros Townsend is a name on everyone’s lips at the moment, after the Tottenham winger inspired England to a 4-1 win over Montenegro last Friday.
With the 22-year-old only getting his chance at White Hart Lane this term, it has been an amazing transition for a player who has went out on loan 11 times in the course of his fledgling career.
With an impressive stint at QPR last term, Townsend’s future was up in the air over the summer, with Spurs on an ambitious recruitment drive.
Despite the addition of the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli to Andre Villas-Boas’ squad, Townsend has played six of Spurs’ seven Premier League games to date this term.
However, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted that the Spurs youth graduate was a player on his radar over the summer.
“We know [Townsend] because there was talk of him going out on loan,” Pardew told Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday.
“Obviously, when you look at his career, he’s been out on loan a number of times and we looked at him this year and thought ‘would he interest us?’.
“We weren’t sure – I think that’s where everybody was at the start of the season. We’ve got fantastic players at our football club and is he better than the ones we’ve got?
“I was a bit like ‘hmm, not sure’. I think [Villas-Boas] was a little bit like that as well.
“But fair play to the lad, he’s come into Tottenham’s team and done terrific and now he’s made that extra step which is great for England and Spurs in particular.
“He brings a ‘nothing to lose’ character to the pitch. He was a massive bonus the other night.”
No-one would have expected Townsend to make the impact that he has internationally or at club level, and it appears that he is set for a new and improved contract at Tottenham.
However, the example of Townsend shows that for Premier League sides to bolster their options, the influx of foreign players is not always necessary.
Townsend’s pace, trickery and enthusiasm could well have been a real asset for Newcastle if they had opted to bring the homegrown talent to St James’ Park.
Would Pardew prefer to have Townsend now at his disposal, or Yoan Gouffran and Gabriel Obertan?
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