How some of Andros Townsend’s big money predecessors fared with Newcastle United

How some of Andros Townsend’s big money predecessors fared with Newcastle United

September 20, 2020 qwmzqibw 0

first_imgAndros Townsend has become the latest big-money signing to accept Newcastle’s offer of employment as head coach Steve McClaren rebuilds his squad. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of his big-money predecessors and how they fared at St James’ Park. ALAN SHEARER Signed from: Blackburn, £15million, July 1996 Newcastle paid Blackburn a then world-record fee to bring an exiled Geordie home, but their investment paid handsome dividends as Shearer went on to score an unsurpassed 206 goals for the club over a decade of loyal service. LAURENT ROBERT Signed from: Paris St Germain, £10million, August 2001 Enigmatic winger Robert blended stunning brilliance with seeming indifference during his time on Tyneside, but is fondly remembered for his high-octane displays under Sir Bobby Robson. ALBERT LUQUE Signed from: Deportivo la Coruna, £9.5million, August 2005 One of a series of expensive mistakes, Luque lasted just two seasons before leaving at a significant loss, although he did so having at least scored in a 4-1 derby victory at Sunderland. MICHAEL OWEN Signed from: Real Madrid, £16million, August 2005 Owen left the Bernabeu Stadium for St James’ Park for a new club-record fee as he attempted to keep himself in the frame for the England World Cup squad, but a succession of injuries, one of which required knee reconstruction, meant the Magpies never got the return they craved. OBAFEMI MARTINS Signed from: Inter Milan, £10million, August 2006 Martins scored 35 goals in 104 appearances for the club after being signed by Glenn Roeder, but was one of those to leave during the cull which followed relegation at the end of the 2008-09 season. FABRICIO COLOCCINI Signed from: Deportivo la Coruna, £10.3million, August 2008 Coloccini endured a torrid first season in English football and suffered relegation at the end of it, and although he won over his critics during the subsequent promotion fight, a lack of consistency in recent seasons has seen his stock fall. GEORGINIO WIJNALDUM Signed from: PSV Eindhoven, £14.5million, July 2015 The stand-out success of Newcastle’s summer recruitment drive, Wijnaldum is the club’s leading scorer so far this season with nine goals, including four in a 6-2 Barclays Premier League victory over Norwich, and is revelling in the number 10 position. ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC Signed from: Anderlecht, £14.5million, July 2015 Mitrovic announced his arrival on Tyneside with a red card and two yellows in his first five games and has found goals tough to come by, especially in recent weeks when any addition to his four to date might have secured precious league points. FLORIAN THAUVIN Signed from: Marseille, £12million, August 2015 Newcastle finally got their hands on Thauvin last summer after a lengthy pursuit, but the French winger has simply been unable to adapt to the pace and power of the Premier League. JONJO SHELVEY Signed from: Swansea, £12million, January 2016 Shelvey had also been in the Magpies’ sights for some time when he finally agreed a switch to St James’, and he made an instant impact on debut, playing a part in both goals in a 2-1 victory over West Ham. Press Associationlast_img

 

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