Steve McClaren is excited about Andros Townsend.
Steve McClaren is excited about new signing Andros Townsend, telling Newcastle's official website the winger has an old fashioned style.
Townsend clinched a £12 million move from Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, and McClaren says he will be able to go straight into action despite not playing a first team game in the last three months.
He has been playing for Spurs' under-21 side instead, and McClaren says he has been able to tell from this that he is fully fit.
He said: "Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.
"Andros isn't fulfilling his potential at the moment and that's why we have brought him here. We see a lot more from Andros and are giving him a tremendous platform at St. James' Park to do that.
"He's been playing under-21 games, which I have watched, he is fit and will have a week's training with us, so there's no problems about him being ready. He will play straight away."
It could be argued that a couple of years ago Townsend was fulfilling his potential, even in the eyes of some, over-achieving, by starring for England.
He missed the World Cup through injury and is at risk of missing Euro 2016, but now as McClaren points out, he now has a platform to claim a squad place.
This season he played only three Premier League games, each as a substitute, and made three starts in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.