Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend has been linked with a move away from the club in the summer transfer window.
The England international joined Newcastle from North London outfit Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window.
Townsend may not be a ‘great’ footballer, but he is too good to play in the Championship.
While playing for a big club such as Newcastle in front of almost 50,000 fans is an honour, the Englishman should be looking to leave St. James’ Park on a temporary basis this summer.
The former Tottenham winger joined Newcastle in order to get his career back on track, and playing in the Championship is a step back.
For Townsend to progress in his career and fulfil his potential, he needs to play in the Premier League.
According to a recent report in The Daily Express, Premier League trio Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Southampton are interested in securing the 24-year-old’s services in the summer transfer window.
It is clear that there are teams in the English top flight who rate Townsend, and he should take advantage of this in the summer transfer window.
A loan move for Townsend during the 2016-17 campaign would also help Newcastle in reducing their wage bill in the Championship.
If Newcastle get promoted to the Premier League at the end of next season, then Townsend could just return to the Magpies.
If the Magpies fail to get promoted from the Championship, then the winger could then plan on a permanent move away from St. James’ Park without having wasted a year in the second tier of English football.