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.
The Blues have since added goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to their ranks too.
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.
Best of luck Andros. Our loss is Everton’s gain for sure.— Steve Wiley (@steve_wiley_) July 21, 2021
Very best of luck Andros, Everton are lucky to have signed you.— Steve Spooner (@SteveSpooner8) July 21, 2021
Thankyou for all you have done at Palace, good luck with Everton but not too much luck when you meet Palace— kay wilder (@kaywilder) July 20, 2021
I’m sad to see you go and shall miss seeing you play for us. I hope you enjoy your time at Everton. You’ll always get a warm welcome from Palace fans as someone who always gave us 100%.💙❤️— Mary Meehan (@marmee19678) July 21, 2021
Great on and off the pitch at palace, all the best at Everton!— brendan mcfarland (@brendanmcfarlan) July 21, 2021
Good bye star-man. Thank you for giving everything for the club. Descent bloke on and off the pitch. Will be missed. Good luck at Everton. Just please don’t come back and score a worldie against us 🙏🏾😉🔴🔵💪🏾👊🏾— Dean D’Cunha 💙 (@DCunhaCo) July 20, 2021
Best of Luck @andros_townsend effort, energy and commitment personified. Great member of the #cpfc family….. glad you stayed in the Premiership but be kind when you return to Selhurst. Keep that left foot bullet for another team 😉— Duncan (@DLW8) July 20, 2021
“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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