Everton have signed former England winger Andros Townsend on a two-year deal, the Premier League membership have introduced.
The 30-year-old was a free agent after his contract at Crystal Palace expired on the finish of final season. The transfer will see Townsend hyperlink up as soon as once more with Rafael Benitez, the brand new Everton boss, after beforehand enjoying beneath the Spaniard at Newcastle.
“I believe everybody is aware of what Everton is. It’s a large soccer membership, it’s very formidable, a membership which has been attempting to get again to the place it belongs into Europe and past,” Townsend informed evertontv. “I’ll be doing all I can to assist the Membership do this.
“Everton is a large soccer membership and has massive ambitions subsequent season. Because the outdated cliché goes, it was a no brainer.
“Rafa could be very skilled. He does a variety of work on the tactical facet on the coaching pitch, he leaves no stone unturned. However extra importantly, he’s an amazing man, an amazing man-manager, and he’s all the time speaking to you. I’m positive he can be very profitable right here.”
Townsend began his profession at boyhood membership Tottenham Hotspur, coming by means of the membership’s youth academy and spending seven years at White Hart Lane earlier than shifting to Newcastle in 2016.
Townsend’s whirlwind keep at St James’ Park yielded 4 objectives and two assists from 13 appearances, with Newcastle resurgent beneath new supervisor Benitez however falling wanting hauling the membership out of the Premier League’s relegation zone after a determined begin to the marketing campaign.
Townsend trying to make his mark
After 5 seasons with Crystal Palace, the brand new Blue is keen to make his mark on Merseyside.
“My strengths are that I can cross a ball with my left or proper foot, get balls into the field. I like to attain a objective or two,” mentioned Townsend. “I work onerous off the ball, too, which is one thing I obtained higher at with Rafa.
“My job now could be to show I’m adequate to be an essential a part of this soccer membership and that’s what I’m working onerous in coaching and in video games – and every time I get the chance in pre-season – to show I’m adequate to be an essential participant right here. That’s what drives me.”