Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Andros Is in Great Shape for His New Challenge at United - and He Just Can't Wait for It to Start; after Finding Himself Sidelined by Mauricio Pochettino, Andros Townsend Is Ready to Show What He Can Do at St James'Park. Lee Ryder Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Andros Is in Great Shape for His New Challenge at United - and He Just Can't Wait for It to Start; after Finding Himself Sidelined by Mauricio Pochettino, Andros Townsend Is Ready to Show What He Can Do at St James'Park. Lee Ryder Reports

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AFTER Andros Townsend found himself out of the Mauricio Pochettino's plans at Tottenham Hotspur, it would have been easy for the 24-year-old to put his feet up and wait for the January transfer window to open.

Instead, he accepted his fate, rolled his sleeves up and made himself available to play for the club's under-21 side.

For many England international players, such a course of action may have been deemed beneath them - but not for Townsend.

Most Newcastle fans will see it as a positive thing Townsend got on with things and played seven reserve games.

His troubles at Spurs started when he was involved in a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner during a warm-down after Tottenham's win over Aston Villa.

Spats like this happen all the time in football, only this one boiled over while newspaper journalists were still filing their match reports from the press box.

Townsend was laughing and joking with Gardiner the next day and apologised to Pochettino. He even made it on to the bench for the West Ham game later that month.

Pochettino later stated "discipline" was the problem with Townsend but he arrives at Newcastle with the chance of a fresh start and with this football-obsessed city willing him on.

Geordie fans will understand Townsend's problems anyway.

After all, they have watched on in disbelief as stars like Alan Shearer, Rob Lee, Duncan Ferguson, Nobby Solano, Laurent Robert and Hatem Ben Arfa all found themselves out of the team at different times.

Some were even moved on due to mismanagement.

Newcastle fans always take players as they find them but, after playing in front of crowds of 800-900 people in the last few weeks, Townsend admits he has a point to prove.

He made it clear his decision to play for the under-21s was to ensure he was ready to shine for Newcastle and make an instant impact. …

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