Andros Townsend could be the player to take West Brom to the next level

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

The Newcastle United winger has been linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion.

England's Andros Townsend in action with Australia's Matt McKay

According to a recent report from the Express & Star West Bromwich Albion are considering a move for Newcastle United winger Andros Townsend this summer and if they pull it off it would be a masterstroke by the Baggies.

Townsend is not everyone’s cup of tea but there is no doubt he is a Premier League quality player and last season he almost single headedly kept Newcastle United in the top flight with a string of electrifying performances after arriving in January.

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for Newcastle

Alas he fell short in that regard, yet he showed in those few months what a fine player he is and put his disappointing final season at Tottenham Hotspur behind him.

While it was not enough to earn him a place in England’s final squad for Euro 2016 he certainly looks back on form and if West Brom want to kick on next season Townsend is the player for them.

The problem for the Baggies is that without some savvy signings this summer they risk being left behind and Townsend offers good value for money.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

It may cost £10.5million to activate his release clause but at 24 he is yet to reach his peak and as he proved at Newcastle he can cause even the best opponents all sorts of problems.

He also has Premier League experience in abundance and if West Brom are going to spend that kind of money it would be far more sensible bringing in someone who knows the English game and is, as a consequence, less of a risk.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is not renowned for getting the best out of attacking players; however he needs to if he wants to take the Baggies to the next level and moving for Townsend would be a big step in the right direction.

Andros Townsend celebrates after scoring the first goal for England

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