Newcastle United journalist Jordan Cronin has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of the Tyneside club potentially signing Crystal Palace and former Toon winger Andros Townsend on a free transfer during the current summer transfer window.
This comes after Cronin made an appearance on a recent episode of the Mouth of the Tyne podcast from the Shields Gazette where he spoke about a range of transfer-related topics concerning Steve Bruce’s side.
On the subject of Townsend and the possibility of him returning to St. James’ Park this summer on a free transfer, with the winger reportedly being eyed as a potential free transfer by the Magpies, Cronin had this to say on the matter.
He said: “Is Andros Townsend the player they desperately need? Probably not, but I just think maybe for sentimental value as well just bring him back because he potentially does have unfinished business up here, maybe.
“I think in terms of the free-agent market, he is one of the standout ones.”
Newcastle signed Townsend back in the 2016 January transfer window from fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £12 million before selling him to Crystal Palace the following summer for £13 million.
During his time at Palace, the 29-year-old, who is currently valued at £6.3 million, made 185 appearances across all competitions in which he managed to score 16 goals and provide 28 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Jordan Cronin’s comments on a potential Newcastle return for Townsend…
Given how Townsend only made 13 appearances for Newcastle during his short spell with the club in which he managed to score four goals and provide two assists in the process, it’s easy to see why Cronin thinks Townsend could have some unfinished business with the club and why a potential return this summer could be on the cards.
Would you like to see Andros Townsend return to Newcastle this summer?
In our view, with Townsend’s vast experience in the Premier League, signing him on a free transfer wouldn’t be a bad move for Newcastle in our view.
However, the fact that Townsend has only scored two league goals in his previous two league campaigns may not fill many Toon fans with too much excitement if the move were to happen.