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Andros Townsend vows to justify transfer fee paid by Newcastle

Published 28/01/2016

Andros Townsend is desperate to get his career back on track after leaving Tottenham for Newcastle
Andros Townsend is desperate to get his career back on track after leaving Tottenham for Newcastle

Andros Townsend has vowed to prove he is worth every penny of the £12million Newcastle paid Tottenham for him.

The 24-year-old England midfielder headed for Tyneside as Magpies head coach Steve McClaren handed him a way out of his misery at White Hart Lane, where he found himself surplus to manager Mauricio Pochettino's requirements for the final three months of his 16-year stay.

Newcastle negotiated long and hard with Spurs before an agreement was finally reached, prompting raised eyebrows in some quarters at what they were prepared to pay for a man who has not played a full 90 minutes in the Barclays Premier League for almost two years.

However, asked if he was worth £12million, Townsend said: "That's for you lot to decide.

"Of course £12million is a lot of money, I know that, but if I can reach my potential and play to the ability I know I have, then I am sure as quickly as people are saying it is a lot of money, they will be saying it is a bargain.

"Football, I know, has its ups and downs. it turns so quickly. If I put in a few good performances, it will look like money well spent, and that is what I am solely looking to do, play as well as I can."

While Townsend has been signed to play a significant role in Newcastle's fight for Barclays Premier League survival, there is little doubt that reviving his England career is a major focus after missing out on the 2014 World Cup finals through injury.

However, he insists that is a secondary consideration as he looks to re-launch his career and not only get back to the level he had reached two years ago, but go beyond it.

He said: "I'm not looking to get back where I was, I am looking to become an even better player.

"I do not look back, I always look forward and feel I am more mature than I was back then and believe fully that I can get back to a level I can play at.

"I have faith in my own ability. I am the same player and the same person that did break onto the scene a few years ago and was tipped as a big England prospect. I was an integral part for club and country.

"I am still that same player. I am in best shape of my life and injury-free, and I'm hoping Newcastle will benefit from that."

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