By Tom Blackburn
Crystal Palace fans have overwhelmingly backed former Tottenham and Newcastle winger Andros Townsend to start the season for his new team.
In a poll ran by the Croydon Advertiser, four different options were given to readers, each with three of Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Yannick Bolasie and Jason Puncheon starting in an attack-minded line-up.
A resounding 93 per cent of readers voted that Townsend should start the campaign for Palace.
The top combination for three players lining up behind a striker was Townsend, Bolasie and Zaha ,which 56 per cent of fans supported.
Winger Townsend emerged as a key figure in Newcastle’s survival bid under Benitez and his record of four goals in 13 Premier League games for the club was enough to earn him a place in England’s provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2016.
But manager Roy Hodgson decided against taking Townsend to France, despite an impressive substitutes’ appearance against Australia at the Stadium of Light.
The 25-year-old came through the Spurs academy system to earn his first professional contract in 2008.
Much of Townsend’s seven and a half years at Spurs following that were spent away from White Hart Lane on loan, before he was sold to Newcastle in January for £13million.
In other Tottenham news, they have made and approach for a £12million attacking midfielder but Everton are also interested.