Former Fulham striker Brian McBride said on the ESPN FC show on BT Sport/ESPN last Wednesday evening (January 27) that Andros Townsend needs to change his game.
The England international winger recently joined Newcastle United from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The 24-year-old had been struggling for playing time since last season, as he was clearly not rated by Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Former USA international striker McBride rates the winger, but he has suggested that Townsend needs to change his playing style in order to be a success at Newcastle.
“He needs to make a transition,” said McBride on the ESPN FC show on BT Sport/ESPN last Wednesday evening (January 27). “Right now he is so much of an individual-style player.
“He needs to be able to connect with his teammates. He has got the pace, the ability to dribble players. Too often I think he gets himself into bad situations just dribbling into three players.”
Townsend scored two goals and created 13 chances in 17 Premier League appearances for Tottenham last season.
The Englishman had a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and won one header, 14 dribbles and 20 tackles.
The 24-year-old could feature in three league games for Spurs this campaign. Townsend created two chances, had a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 100%, and won four dribbles and won two tackles.