The 24-year-old ended a seven-year affiliation with Spurs in January by sealing a £12 million (The Guardian) switch to relegation-threatened Newcastle, then managed by Steve McClaren.
Despite an inauspicious start to life in the North East, manager Rafael Benitez appears to be getting the best out of the England international, who has netted three times in his last five Premier League outings - including a superb free kick in Saturday's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
And Arsenal legend Wright claims he has always had a soft spot for the ex-Spurs man, whose White Hart Lane exit was preceded by an altercation with Tottenham's fitness Nathan Gardiner, resulting in being dropped and fined (The Mail) a few months before his departure.
"Even with Andros, I always liked him," he told The Sun. "I'm not sure why he lost his way [at Spurs]. There was things happening at Spurs and it just wasn't happening for him. There was things happening with the fitness guy.
"There was things happening behind the scenes and he just wasn't happy. Sometimes you can just be somewhere for too long."
Such is his form, England boss Roy Hodgson might be forced to perk up and take note because, at the moment, there is a slight chance he could make Euro 2016, with his rivals' hopes of making the squad far from certain.
Arsenal winger Theo Walcott is badly out of form, while his team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is only back from another injury and Townsend, on this form, is doing his chances no harm at all.