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Andros Townsend 14

Andros Townsend was the first new player to come into the senior squad following the controversial appointment of Rafa Benitez as Everton manager in July 2021. Townsend was brought in as a known quantity for the ex-Newcastle United manager, where he had a good relationship with Townsend before the player moved on in 2015, to spend the last 5 years at Crystal Palace, before being surplus to requirements at the lower mid-table premier League club. The move at the time was controversial, and part of the growing issues that saw Benitez finally fall out with Mike Ashley and try his luck in China.

Then a 25-year-old, Townsend only made 17 league appearances for the Magpies before they were relegated in 2016 but he would go on to play in 168 Premier League games for Crystal Palace over his time there, gaining headlines when he would score the odd and rather rare screamer. In truth, he has a very poor goal return. His supporters claim he can provide the quality deliveries into the opposition penalty area that all but dried up last season as Everton's quest for European qualification crumbled under the totally uninspiring Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Eagles man is probably best viewed as a more capable replacement for Bernard, whose Everton future seems to be at an end, although there are no real takers prepared to pay out his monstrous rumoured wages of £120 per week.

Townsend at 31 brings with him many years of Premier League and Championship experience. But he is by no stretch of the imagination the kind of young high profile up-coming player that Everton fans really want to see, like Anthony Gordon, who will now likely see any hope of progress to a full place in the first team blocked. 

Townsend joins as a free agent with Everton giving him a 2-year contract amid concerns that he will only add to, rather them help correct, the situation with too much 'deadwood' in and around the senior squad. But the player himself takes a different view:

“My strengths are that I can cross a ball with my left or right foot, get balls into the box. I like to score a goal or two,” said Townsend. “I work hard off the ball, too, which is something I got better at with Rafa.

“My job now is to prove I’m good enough to be an important part of this football club and that’s what I’m working hard in training and in games – and whenever I get the opportunity in pre-season - to prove I’m good enough to be an important player here. That’s what drives me.”

He certainly looked up for it in the pre-season games he played in, rattling the woodwork on two occasions with tremendous strikes that both deserved to be goals. Hopefully he was just honing the targeting equipment ready to fire home with similar strikes when the Premier League gets going in earnest. Townsend showed understanding of the dynamics surrounding his arrival at Goodison Park ahead of the big kick-off:

“Everton are ambitious, have spent a lot of money in the past and are going for Europe,” said Townsend. “So I understand when I signed maybe Everton fans – or fans in general – didn’t understand why this club, with its ambition, would get a free transfer from Crystal Palace.

“I feel like a 21-year-old. I feel like I am just coming through and having a lot of doubters, wondering if I am good enough to play at this level. These are all things you go through as a 17-year-old, when you are coming through.

“Having just turned 30, I honestly feel like a young man. I’ve got a great opportunity at a massive football club. It’s probably a bit unexpected. A lot of people wouldn’t have expected me to get this opportunity but, listen, I am going to try my hardest to make this successful. This is what gets me out of bed – trying to prove those people wrong.”

‘Tell me if I am mistaken, but Everton is a massive football club, it is one of the most historic football clubs in England, so when this opportunity arose to fight for Europe to fight for those sort of places it was one I couldn’t turn down. It was a no-brainer.

“There is definitely no pressure, it is a challenge we are all really looking forward to, I am glad in a way we had that game against Man United, it was a real eye-opener. But all those boys in the dressing room are focused on having a great start. Hopefully we can do that.”



Squad number 14
Position Right-Winger
Nationality England
Born Walthamstow
Date of birth 16 July 1991
Height 5' 11" (1.81 m)
Joined 20 July 2021
Joined from [Crystal Palace]
Signed under Rafa Benitez
Transfer fee No Fee
Contract duration 2 years
Contract expires June 2023
Full debut v Southampton (H)
14 August 2021
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2021-22 14 17 (4) 3 4 (2) 4 21 (6) 7
  Totals 17 (4) 3 4 (2) 4 21 (6) 7

Previous Career

Season Team League Apps (sub) Lg Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals
2016-21 Crystal Palace 138 (30) 13 12 (5) 3
2015-16 Newcastle Utd 12 (1) 4 0 (0) 0
2012-13 QPR 12 (0) 2 0 (0) 0
2011-12 Birmingham City 11 (4) 0 1 (0) 0
2011-12 Leeds Utd 5 (1) 1 1 (0) 0
2010-11 Milwall 11 (0) 2 0 (0) 0
2010-11 Watford 2 (1) 0 0 (0) 0
2010-11 Ipswich 11 (2) 1 3 (0) 0
2009-10 MK Dons 8 (1) 2 0 (0) 0
2009-10 Leyton Orient 17 (5) 2 3 (1) 0
2008-09 Yeovil 10 (0) 1 0 (0) 0
2008-16 Tottenham H 22 (28) 3 33 (10) 8


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