Andros Townsend made his debut for Newcastle v Everton.
Andros Townsend made his first ever appearance for Newcastle on Wednesday evening, playing the full 90 minutes of the Magpies’ 3-0 loss to Everton.
Arriving for a large price tag, big things were expected of Townsend, and he started the game alongside fellow January signings Henri Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey.
None of that trio impressed, and it was a bad day for Steve McClaren, with his team falling to a 3-0 loss to the Toffees.
Aaron Lennon scored the opener in the first half, and two late Ross Barkley penalties secured all three points, with the Magpies ending the game with 10 men.
Considering the hype that was surrounding Townsend upon his arrival at St James’ Park, his debut will be a game he will want to forget quickly.
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The 24-year-old failed to have any sort of impact as an attacking player, failing to record a single shot, play a single key pass, and only managing one successful dribble in his 90 minutes on the field of play.
Most tellingly, the winger lost possession an incredible 24 times, and whilst he recovered the ball seven times, it was to little effect as he did nothing with it.
Townsend has a long way to go to live up to his price tag, and Newcastle will be hoping he starts to perform this weekend if they are to have any chance of staying in the Premier League at the end of the season.