By Alan Hutton

20th Jul, 2021 | 5:00pm

Pundit stunned as Everton sign Townsend after 'frightening' development

Alan Hutton has admitted he is stunned Crystal Palace let Andros Townsend leave on a free ahead of a move to Everton.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted it was “frightening” how many players the Eagles had let go.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday (July 19th), Townsend has completed a medical and has signed a two-year deal at Everton.

The 30-year-old was available on a free after being allowed to run his contract down at Selhurst Park.

Patrick Van Aanholt, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Gary Cahill and Nathaniel Clyne were among the others whose terms expired.

Hutton, who was at Tottenham when Townsend was coming through the youth ranks, admitted he was shocked Palace let him leave for nothing.

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“It’s a really good move,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“I can’t believe that Palace let his contract run down for everything that he gives you. His work rate, his desire and professionalism.

“To get someone there with that experience, Rafa knows him, he’s worked with him before. He knows how good he is, what he does in training day in, day out.

“They’re the type of boys that you want in your squad and in your team. It doesn’t surprise me he’s gone and signed him.

“It’s probably Place’s loss they’ve let him go and let his contract run down. I mean, the amount of names that they let go, Townsend and the others, it’s frightening.

“It’s great for him and great for Everton.”

Everton are set to become Townsend’s fourth permanent club after Tottenham, Newcastle and Palace.

However, he turned out for nine other clubs on loan while at Spurs.

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