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Everton have just got themselves a 'spectacular' player, say rival fans

Everton have completed the signing of Andros Townsend on a free transfer.

The 30-year-old has penned a two-year contract at Goodison Park after leaving Crystal Palace.

Townsend is Everton’s first signing since Rafael Benitez became the new Toffees manager last month.

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The Blues have since added goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to their ranks too.

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Townsend previously worked with Benitez at Newcastle and praised his coaching methods.

“Rafa is very experienced,” said the winger. “He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned.

“But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he’s always talking to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.”

“Everton are lucky to have signed you”

Prior to joining Everton, Townsend made 185 competitive appearances for Palace, registering 16 goals and 28 assists.

And after swapping Selhurst for Goodison, plenty of Eagles fans wished him well and said Everton have got themselves a great player.

“Very similar” to Arjen Robben

In 2013, Harry Redknapp famously compared Townsend to Arjen Robben after he was called up to the England squad.

“If you look at Arjen Robben, Andros Townsend is the closest thing we have produced to him,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“I’m not saying he is Robben yet, he is not, but he is very similar.

“He plays on the right, dribbles well, runs at people, gets shots at goal.

“I think he could be fantastic on that big pitch at Wembley, a real threat.”

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