Everton confirm that Townsend's season is over

Wednedaysday, 23 March, 2022 48comments  |  Jump to last

Updated Everton will lose Andros Townsend for the remainder of the season after the winger damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Sunday's heavy cup defeat at Crystal Palace.

The 30-year-old went down after planting his foot awkwardly in the 13th minute at Selhurst Park and had to be helped around the perimeter of the pitch as he was replaced by Demarai Gray.

Frank Lampard said afterwards that the early indications are that Townsend had sustained ligament damage but the medical staff awaited the results of scans back at Finch Farm.

"It looks bad,” the manager admitted. “A knee injury.

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“He got his studs caught in the grass and we'll scan him over the next day or two but the early signs are that it will be a bad knee injury."

That prognosis proved correct and the club announced today that Townsend will need to undergo surgery next week to repair his ACL and will play no further part in the current campaign.


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Mick O'Malley
1 Posted 20/03/2022 at 17:15:47
Wow someone definitely smashed a load of mirrors at Finch Farm, another long term injury just at the time we need everyone, thought he started ok today as well, we certainly were worse when he went off
Will Mabon
2 Posted 20/03/2022 at 17:45:23
The curse that keeps on giving.
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 20/03/2022 at 18:45:57
All that because Coleman was too slow when in a one vs one situation to get past his man or a decent cross in.

Probably that's Townsend out for the best part of 2022 now, let alone this season, a big blow when you consider he's still our top scorer... yes, you read that right: Andros Townsend is still our top scorer.

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 20/03/2022 at 18:48:56

I fancied him to get a goal at his old club. Oh well, another one bites the dust. That said, he's our only current injury, along with Mina, who might make a difference.

Anthony A Hughes
5 Posted 20/03/2022 at 18:51:04
Sad for Townsend but the fact he's our top scorer is an utter disgrace.
Tony Everan
6 Posted 20/03/2022 at 19:01:12
Jim, I didn't know that.

Everton top scorers 21/22 : All competitions

Townsend 7, Gray 6, Richarlison 5

Frank has to find a way to get us some goal threat, fast. I think we've scored 1 league goal in about 7½ hours of football.

Jim Bennings
7 Posted 20/03/2022 at 19:02:36
Tony @6,

It's abysmal really, and highlights our shocking lack of threat going forward.

Eddie Dunn
8 Posted 20/03/2022 at 19:09:57
At the time, he seemed to go over on his ankle. I hope the damage is not too severe.
Michael Lynch
9 Posted 20/03/2022 at 19:11:41
Massive shame, not just for us but for Townsend himself. It looks like an injury that will take a lot of time and rehabilitation to get over, and he's at the tail end of his career.

Every time you think we must be due some good luck, we get more bad luck. Perfect storm this season – poor squad, poor coaching staff, bad reffing decisions, and one injury after another. And to cap that, we lost a player for allegedly being a nonce at the start of the season, but he still hasn't even been charged.

You couldn't make it up.

Tony Everan
10 Posted 20/03/2022 at 19:21:42
Jim, it's not just the forward players who are responsible for this, it's the midfield and defence too. There has to be some controlled play behind the attacking players to release them to do their stuff.

Yerry Mina: (stats for end of 2021);

“Their win percentage with him in the team was 57%, but just 24% without him. Everton's points per game with Mina was 1.9, but dropped to 0.9.”

It just goes to show how a stable defence, with a bit of physical height, some quality and presence, can make a big difference, with a bonus of goal threat from set-pieces.

It shows this central defender issue is crucial for our summer transfer policy. It affects the whole team when Holgate is paired with Keane.

Keane is a mule to a racehorse; he was okay next to Zouma, he was okay next to Mina. Holgate next to him weakens the whole defensive set-up. I think, if we tried Branthwaite next to Keane, it would be a better pairing and give the team a bit more composure.,,,

The stability problems then extend to the midfield. Without Allan, there is no ball winner. We need two quality, mobile, combative midfielders in the summer to play with and act back-up to Allan (who'll turn 32). A midfield three with two engines backing up a free-to-attack Doucouré would produce midfield goals. Doucoure is used all wrong; it's criminal for us, and for goals from our midfield.

As you can see, I'm fuming at our recruitment priorities, it is all wrong for the club. Sometimes I think there is a mole in there acting against Everton's best interest.

That's ludicrous, I know, but the abominable recruitment strategy is making me have such outrageous thoughts.

Anyway, I'm off on a bit of a tangle and a rant. Here's hoping to survival and a better future.

Matthew Williams
11 Posted 20/03/2022 at 21:06:54
I swear our club is cursed!
Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 20/03/2022 at 21:09:56
Depending how serious, you have to question season or career. Certainly at the top level of English football?
John Pickles
13 Posted 20/03/2022 at 23:31:29
The Dinamo Kiev fan-sites have had more happy news stories than us this season.
Nicolas Piñon
14 Posted 21/03/2022 at 00:09:54
I'm sorry for him. A great spirited lad and two-footed player and professional. Fingers crossed it's not that bad.
Justin Doone
15 Posted 21/03/2022 at 08:51:56
Injuries happen and I wish him a quick recovery.

I'm not sure why he hasn't played more often because his general fitness, ability and experience could have helped us out in midfield when we have been overrun and looked clueless.

When recruiting, we need a few more robust players. We have bought too many poor to average players. Many of them with a long history of injuries and treatment room comfortability imprinted on their overpaid ass'.

Dave Abrahams
16 Posted 21/03/2022 at 09:44:39
He always looks like he wants to play and is committed once he gets on the field; a good professional who can be relied on to give his all for the team.

Top scorer this season despite not being used as often as he should have been, he will be a big loss as we enter the last straights of the fixtures.

Dale Rose
17 Posted 21/03/2022 at 12:45:30
Dave #16.

Best comment on here. The only bright light in that shit storm yesterday, were our fans and Palace fans standing to clap him off.

Paul Birmingham
18 Posted 21/03/2022 at 21:02:39
Certainly Andros was well up the battle yesterday against his old team, and his departure from the field coincided with Palace controlling the rest of the game.

I'd like to think that, for the available squad players left, this injury will provide some drive to succeed in the reaming games.

It's time that this squad started living up to Everton's motto, because they are now in the battle for survival – and for many, possibly their careers in the top flight of English football.

Hope eternal for Everton.

Neil Copeland
19 Posted 21/03/2022 at 21:14:12
Paul #18, sometimes these things can actually help to galvanise a squad. Really unlucky for Andros but I hope that some good comes from it and we finally show strength and a bit of quality over 90 minutes.

Dale #17, yes I thought both sets of supporters deserved a lot of credit.

Paul Birmingham
20 Posted 21/03/2022 at 22:06:07
Zackly Neil. Nows the time, as the season is running down..

I wish Peter Reid, Big Nev, Pat van den Hauwe, or Colin Harvey, could be invited down to Finch Farm, to try and get this squad to believe in themselves.

Every player has got to believe in themselves, and if they don't have belief in themselves, then the manager should be coaching them.

Easier said than done, but looking forward to the West Ham, and the Burnley game, hopefully for a reaction and a consistent performance for 95 minutes in each game, and Everton victories.

Neil Copeland
21 Posted 21/03/2022 at 22:15:01
Paul, me too mate.
David Graves
22 Posted 21/03/2022 at 22:23:37
Unfortunately the test the physio was doing on the pitch was for ACL damage. Hope it isn’t that but the way his knee twists it could be. Horrible injury if it is.
Bill Gienapp
23 Posted 22/03/2022 at 01:12:51
Major bummer. He'd been nudged down the pecking order a bit, but was still a player capable of a moment of magic. I also think he could have offered some graft in midfield, if we grew desperate.

As for him being our leading scorer, yes it's a bit ridiculous... but keep in mind that Richarlison had two goals against Arsenal chalked off for questionable offsides calls, another goal wrongfully credited to Gordon, another goal against Boreham Wood taken off for a dubious handball penalty, etc... He's had some bad luck this season.

David Currie
24 Posted 22/03/2022 at 01:28:00
Paul 20, Agree but I don't think Bill would allow Big Nev and Rats back. Amazing two lads that were winners but not yes-men.
Derek Moore
25 Posted 22/03/2022 at 03:24:11
Townsend was one of the very few present players I have time for. It was a really nasty looking injury and I'm gutted for him. Hoping he's able to come back and we see him at the top level of English football again.

His loss for the run-in and the nature of the defeat itself made Palace a much more costly defeat than I ever imagined possible at 12:30 on Sunday. Another mini-disaster in a diabolical season.

Paul Birmingham
26 Posted 22/03/2022 at 21:36:00
I suppose you could argue the old cliche, that when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

But sadly the lack of back bone and character, in this squad, is making playing against Everton, far too easy.

Playing for the shirt, professional pride and consistently, also seems to have gone this season bar a few in the squad who give their all in a game.

But the rot must stop at West Ham, the worst form in Everton’s history is, should be a spur surely to drive the management and staff to improve.

Let’s see what happens.

But hopefully at West Ham, no more pretenders in the squad and fill the gaps with some of the promising youngsters.

Starting Gomes on Sunday for me was part of the cause, of the defeat, and youth, endeavour and guts would have at least let the team complete on a team basis, 11v 11, rather than playing effectively with one player down.

Bill Gall
27 Posted 23/03/2022 at 15:19:55
What a really nasty injury to have, wish him all the best in his recovery. He may have not been the most skillful of players but can't be faulted, like some of his teammates, for commitment. Hope he is able to continue playing after recovery.
Jack Convery
28 Posted 23/03/2022 at 15:37:37
Thanks for your goals this season, Andros. You've been a positive for Everton FC during this season from hell. I hope your recovery goes well and we see you back as soon as possible.
Mike Gaynes
29 Posted 23/03/2022 at 16:03:49
Heartbreaking. A complete professional who gave us some of our few happy memories of this dismal season, including scoring our three best goals. I respect him most of all for his defensive work as an attacking player, and for his relentless effort.

He's only 30 and should recover completely, but we won't see him again until 2023.

Michael Lynch
30 Posted 23/03/2022 at 16:04:08
We knew it was probably coming, but terrible news nonetheless. I really like Townsend and he would have been invaluable in the run-in - a player you can rely on to give everything.

It's a wafer thin squad now – and getting thinner all the time. One more injury or suspension and I reckon I might get a game.

Tony Everan
31 Posted 23/03/2022 at 16:22:25
Bad news for him and the club, here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.
Steve Shave
32 Posted 23/03/2022 at 16:57:27
Gutted, he's been a good signing and at the very least a decent squad player. Intelligent chap and no doubt good in the dressing room. He's been a bright spark in the darkest of seasons for many a year any of us can remember football wise. We are cursed. Anyone know about Mina's expected return? He is absolutely our best defender, sadly we will need to sell this summer due to the return we are getting for him and whilst his stock remains high.
Sean Roe
33 Posted 23/03/2022 at 17:27:01
Shame, one of the few who would have a crack at goal from distance and give 100 per cent every game.
John Boon
34 Posted 23/03/2022 at 17:42:36
Really sad to see a genuinely hard working player injured so seriously. Wish Andros the very best for a quick recovery.

Jim Benning (3) your comments are usually worth reading with an accurate point of view on the article being discussed. THEN..You make one of the most ludicrous statements that I have ever read on Toffee Web. You had to blame someone for the accident."Seamus was too slow". Unfortunately in these difficult times players are under verbal assault in the need to find scapegoats for every mistake.

Accidents happen all the time, in this case a serious one. Even if Seamus WAS too slow, to make him responsible is beyond idiotic. I still cannot believe what I read in your Comment(3)..I just hope this is not the typical Evertonian response.

Christy Ring
35 Posted 23/03/2022 at 17:53:02
Jim#3 A totally ridiculous comment, Seamus's fault that he twisted his studs in the turf, you sound like a 6 year old, unbelievable.
Wish Andy a speedy recovery.
Ajay Gopal
36 Posted 23/03/2022 at 18:01:28
Feeling sad for Andros - he has genuinely made a good difference for Everton, much better and more committed than some of the over hyped South Americans we got recently like Bernard and James. I wish him a speedy recovery.

We may have a ready replacement in El Ghazi - he plays in a similar position as Andros and is also a decent goal scorer but his attitude is a bit suspect.

John Hall
37 Posted 23/03/2022 at 18:16:45
Where will the goals come from in our bid to survive ? Townsend as top scorer now gone for the season. Gray has gone off the boil these past few months having netted just 5 times. Richie has netted a meagre 4 league goals and DCL is next with 3.

What does 12 goals represent from the three main strikers ?

A Brazilian International center forward who has held his shin probably more times than he has had shots this season. Read today that Manure will target him in the summer as they are looking to replace their strikers. Richie in 90 premier league appearances since the 2019/2020 season has scored 24 in total having had 206 shots in that time with 72 recorded as being on target. A total of 8 shots on target this season from a total of 35. Works hard as they say; well that should be expected of anyone who pulls on a blue shirt. Unlikely to save us based on goal returns so far.

Would snap off their hand for 50 million

DCL with a total of 3 goals. If he doubles that before the end of the season, again probably unlikely to save us. Granted he has missed the bulk of the season and his expected tally has been sorely missed based on what he did the previous 2 seasons. Another one being targeted supposedly by Arsenal come the summer.

Would snap off their hand for 50 million

Gray was a good acquisition for the few bob we paid for him but was expected to and has dropped off as he has done so everywhere he's been for the past four years. Maybe the odd goal or two before the end of the season again probably won't save us.

Will most likely move on for 10- 15 million if we go down

Their goal returns are maybe a consequence of the the really poor service to the strikers with it being virtually non existent as we have repeatedly seen since Cuntalotti shut up shop half way through his tenure.

Is it poor tactics or is it just crap midfielders who don't have the ability and confidence to get forward and support the strikers?

My personal opinion is that playing with a two man midfield is suicidal in today's Premier League.

5 across the middle with three going and two staying utilizing a high line back 3 would maybe plug the gaps that we leave so exposed between the lines. Refrain from pissing around at the back where we pass it backward and sideways allowing other teams to regroup as we don't have the quality to bring it out from the back. Godfrey and Holgate for all of their slackness in defending corners and free kicks both have pace and we have an excellent footballer in Branthwaite who reads the game very well. Even Keane if required has an acceptable range of passing should we need balls into channels or over the top for the front two. Avoid the high press from teams that usually kills us by condensing the gaps between the back three and the middle 5. Let the middle 5 become an intense closely committed unit and deny other teams this space.

Meena if he comes back might add a bit of resilience from corners and free kicks but having glutes like over ripe bananas means he will forever be out with his monthly hammy strains.

Should it be a big hoof from the keeper or a ten yard pass that invariably goes back to him and usually ends up in the crowd after two or three more pass backs?

DCL can win his fair share but needs support which invariably he or whoever is up front rarely get. Condense the space and pack the midfield to offer support around the strikers which then increases the press purely by reducing space available to opposing players. Scrap it out. Might not be very pretty but it will make us more difficult to break down.

Scrappy draws in our position may keep us up. Continuous hammerings surely will take us down.

Trying to copy Pep's "got the ball" pass and move "keep the ball" works well with him having many world class players who all work to one system. Having 8 -9 very average players all being swapped from pillar to post every game means "go back to basics". Shut down the space, stop trying to play a nice attractive City style game, put the foot in as required and put in the effort required to win personal battles.

Frank can't put it right trying to play easy on the eye. Check out in a few months time will be the probability for most of our so called stars including Frank if we continue with the current system.

Brought in two big name midfielders recently, but both have no balls and no desire to mix it when needed and have really offered little to an already under productive and lightweight midfield.

Right back who couldn't get a game for years is now the regular left back !!(FFS)

Young player, highly rated and good enough to play international football has had half a game since he arrived !!

BK has protected his arse once again with a sack clause in the manager's contract obviously fearing that we could go down when he appointed Frank. Wont be able to maintain the coaching masses brought in by Frank in the Championship plus retain all the dead wood past Everton players who are seemingly on life long pensions. Unsworth, Ebbrell, Jeffers, Baxter
Baines and Ferguson. Why do we need ten coaches on the staff ?

Easy life with new flip flops for the summer seems to be the agenda now for the big car owning flashy bastards who don't give a toss about Everton Football Club.

Hope and prayers sometimes works.
Effort and commitment might also be enough.
Let's hope that a combination of the two can keep us up.

Joe McMahon
38 Posted 23/03/2022 at 18:20:17
Can we not crank Richarlison's 4 to 5? His goal v Leeds was handed to Gordon.

Of the Calvert-Lewin 3, 2 were penalties also.

Bernie Quinn
39 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:12:57
God, I feel so sorry for Andros, A terrible injury. I had the same happen to me years ago and ended up with a knee replacement. Just hope Andros has a full recovery.
Mark Ryan
40 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:13:15
Just change the word "Townsend's" to "the" – that's a better title.
Gary Jones
41 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:36:52
Mark, vast majority wish it was over or just ended with current placements.
Paul Birmingham
42 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:49:10
Andros deserves some luck and here's to a full recovery. I'm gutted for him; he gives his best when he plays.

Hopefully the players left will step up to the mark, and play like professionals for Everton FC.

Ian Hollingworth
43 Posted 23/03/2022 at 19:55:17
Poor sod,

As he is our top scorer, I would question why he has been used so sparingly?

Colin Glassar
44 Posted 23/03/2022 at 20:10:48
I didn't want him when Benitez signed him but he's shown commitment and has chipped in with a few to boot. Sad news.
Tony Abrahams
45 Posted 23/03/2022 at 20:22:13
One of the few players who gives his all, and one of the few players with battling qualities. Losing Townsend, in the same week that the manager has questioned some of his players for having no balls, is definitely a big blow, imo.
Derek Knox
46 Posted 23/03/2022 at 22:05:55
Always liked this player. As many have said, you nearly always got 110% from him, and getting him on a free was even better, we could have done with his tenacity and possibly goals in the weeks ahead.
Jerome Shields
47 Posted 24/03/2022 at 11:45:53
I thought that the first 20 minutes of Everton play in the FA Cup match was unsustainable and was proved so. It did put players at risk of injury and Townsend had been recently been recovering from injury.
Paul Cherrington
48 Posted 25/03/2022 at 15:29:17
sad news for what seems a genuine, professional and well-liked player. get well soon!

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