Alan Shearer has praised Andros Townsend in his Team of the Week for the official Premier League website after the winger’s ‘stunning’ goal to help Everton beat Burnley on Monday.
Townsend scored his first goal in Royal Blue in magnificent fashion to put the Toffees ahead against the Clarets. The 30-year-old let rip a perfectly struck 25-yard dipping strike, curling into the top-corner of a hapless Nick Pope’s net.
His strike moved Rafa Benitez’s side into the lead after Michael Keane pulled the score level five-minutes earlier. Demarai Gray rounded out a magnificent six-minutes by scoring the winner after Abdoulaye Doucoure again prised open the visiting defence.
Townsend impressed Shearer with his instrumental performance to inspire Everton’s come from behind win over Burnley on Monday night. As well as scoring a sublime strike, the free summer signing also assisted Keane with a floating delivery.
The former Crystal Palace forward toyed with Clarets left-back Charlie Taylor before cutting in onto his favoured left-foot. Townsend again ran at the 27-year-old after receiving the ball from Doucoure and unleashing a piledriver that caught Shearer’s attention.
“A brilliant display,” Shearer said. “Produced an assist for the equaliser and then netted a stunning strike from distance.”
Townsend enjoyed sensational Everton star, amid Shearer praise
Townsend had only scored twice in his last 61 Premier League games before sensationally opening his Everton account on Monday. The 13-cap England international struck one in 24 appearances for Crystal Palace during 2019/20 and one in 34 last season.
Should he maintain his current form, Townsend may also be on course for a career-best return for assists. The Walthamstow-born winger’s previous best haul came in 2017/18 when he provided eight in 36 games. He now has two in four fixtures thus far this term.
The Tottenham Hotspur product’s start to life at Goodison Park will have delighted Benitez. Townsend has, so far, vindicated his decision to bring the forward to Everton, and the Blues boss will hope his performances – that earn praise from the likes of Shearer – do not stop.