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Don Hutchison told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport that it is a ‘real shame’ that Crystal Palace allowed Andros Townsend to leave for Everton.

The 30-year-old’s contract expired at Palace this summer, and rather than keep him on board, he became a free transfer and joined Everton instead.

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It is quite baffling that Palace let him leave given the number of players they had out of contract and the big change they have made in going from Roy Hodgson to Patrick Vieira.

But ex-Everton man, Hutchison, labelled the left-footer as a ‘manager’s dream’ and thinks Palace should have kept him.

“It’s a real shame, in my opinion, they lost Andros Townsend,” said Hutchison.

“You know how much I like Andros Townsend. He doesn’t mess around. When he gets in them wide areas, he doesn’t mess around and puts crosses into the box.

“He’s a great influence on the younger players and will help them in the dressing room.

“He is a manager’s dream, where if Rafa asked him to sacrifice himself for the good of the team, he would do it. He runs and works hard. And has come full circle from the kid that came through at Tottenham.”

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Well, what is Palace’s loss is Everton’s gain and Townsend will be hoping to showcase his best work at Goodison Park next season.

Everton’s attacking areas, especially out wide, needed that extra spice this summer, after numerous lifeless and bland performances last season.

Townsend is very direct in his play, he loves to cut onto his favoured left foot, he is an excellent crosser of the ball and he can strike a wicked ball.

Whilst the likes of Alex Iwobi struggle to showcase the attacking intent needed, Townsend will no doubt take Everton’s game to another level and someone like Dominic Calvert-Lewin will surely love working with him.

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