By Russell Edge
Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has said that he does not know what sort of reaction to expect when he visits St James’ Park for the first time since leaving Newcastle United.
The 26-year-old spent half a season on Tyneside after joining from Tottenham back in the winter transfer window of 2016, as the Magpies looked to stave off relegation after a tough start to the season.
However despite impressing for the club during his short spell, with 13 appearances and four goals to his name, Newcastle were unable to avoid the drop to the Championship, and Townsend chose to leave the club prior to their season in the second tier, joining the Eagles.
Saturday will see him return to the north east club for the first time since his departure, but he has surprisingly admitted that he is uncertain as to what the crowd’s reaction will be, insisting he enjoyed his time at St James’ Park.
Speaking to the media, he was quoted by the Shields Gazette as saying: “I’m not sure I’ll get a good reception, but I had a fantastic time there.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t end well, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there with the fans and I’m looking forward to going there and see a few familiar faces. I’ll enjoy it.”
Since joining Palace, the 13-time-capped England international has made 50 appearances across all competitions, including an outing in each of the club’s 10 fixtures this season, although he is yet to find the net.
The Eagles have endured a difficult start to the season, currently sitting at the foot of the table, although they did score their first goals and pick up their first win of the season last weekend with a surprise victory over Chelsea at Selhurst Park.
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