Steve McClaren makes a confident prediction about Andros Townsend

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren backs Andros Townsend to get better.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle that Andros Townsend will get better.

The England international winger joined Newcastle from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window for a fee reported by The Guardian to be worth £12 million.

“Townsend will get better and better, the fitter he gets,” McClaren told The Chronicle. “When he picks up the ball he’s so dangerous. He must be a defender’s nightmare, he is relentless.

“He does not go backwards, he goes forward all the time, he loses it sometimes and frustrates you. But he’s so positive.”

Townsend has played three matches for Newcastle, creating two chances in the process. The 24-year-old winger has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 100%, and has won four dribbles and two tackles.

The Englishman has made a good start to life at St. James’ Park, and the Newcastle fans will hope that he can get better and help the club retain their Premier League status for next season.

Townsend knows the Premier League inside out, and his direct running and pace will be important for the Magpies in the final months of the season.

Newcastle, who are 17th in the league table at the moment, will take on Chelsea away from home at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

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