Andros Townsend has a ‘lot to prove’ at Newcastle after months in Tottenham’s reserve team

Andros Townsend poses with his new Newcastle shirt after joining the Magpies
Andros Townsend poses with his new Newcastle shirt after joining the Magpies

Andros Townsend feels he has a “lot to prove” at Newcastle United after spending months in the reserves at Tottenham Hotspur.

The winger yesterday completed his £12million move to the club.

And the 24-year-old could make his debut away to Everton on February 3.

Townsend had spent the last months of his Tottenham career playing Under-21 Premier League football after a fall-out with a fitness coach at the London club earlier in the season.

The England international – who hopes his move to Newcastle can help him secure a place in Roy Hodgson’s squad for Euro 2016 – is now determined to make up for lost time on Tyneside.

United head coach Steve McClaren said: “Bringing Andros to the club is a great signing.

“He is a very good talent – who is a current England international – and should be one for years to come, too.

“Andros is a winger with an old-fashioned style. He can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.

“He feels he has a lot to prove, and I can’t wait to see him do that in a Newcastle shirt.”

Townsend – who will wear the No 25 jersey – has signed a five-and-a-half year deal.

“I’m delighted to be here,” said Townsend. “Newcastle United is a fantastic club with great fans, a great stadium and great tradition.

“As soon as I heard Newcastle were interested in me, there was only one place I wanted to go so I can’t wait to get started.”

Townsend added on Twitter: “Excited for my new adventure at NUFC. Can’t wait to step out on the field at St James’ Park for the first time.”