Andros Townsend does not know how good he is, says Rafael Benitez

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Andros Townsend has been hailed by his Spanish head coach.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez claims Andros Townsend does not realise how much talent he has, according to a report by Chronicle Live.

Following his £12 million switch from Tottenham to St. James’ Park in January, the England international has scored three times and provided two assists in nine Premier League matches.

The 24-year-old has returned to form after being frozen out by former boss Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane to lift the Magpies to within two points of Norwich City in 17th place.

Rafael Benitez has won just one of his six matches in charge since taking over from beleaguered boss Steve McClaren but moved closer to keeping the Toon afloat with another point towards survival against Manchester City on Tuesday night.

Before the 1-1 draw against Manuel Pellegrini’s men, Benitez said he believed Townsend could make the difference in Newcastle’s bid to avoid the drop.

As quoted in the Chronicle Live, the former Liverpool coach said: “I think he can score more goals and he has to realise how good he is.

“He has the ability and quality to get into the box and make the difference. If he can understand that I will be really pleased.

“I was pleased he got his goal along with Moussa Sissoko. Hopefully he will score a lot more.

The main thing for me with Andros is he has to realise he is really good. He can make the difference.”

Newcastle's next match is against Liverpool at Anfield this weekend and they then host Crystal Palace the following Saturday.

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