Andros Townsend has admitted his huge regret at Newcastle United’s relegation from the Premier League last year.
The Magpies have had a stellar season this time around and look set to return to the English top flight at the first attempt.
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That is in stark contrast to last year, though, where many of Newcastle’s top players consistently under-performed to condemn the club to a second relegation in just seven years.
Townsend, who is now embroiled in another basement battle with current employers Crystal Palace, believes his experience on Tyneside will help massively in this year’s survival scrap.
“Everything was so positive. It’s just the one negative that we [Newcastle] didn’t stay in the Premier League,” Townsend told the Telegraph.
“I was signed to help them stay up and it didn’t happen. The main thing I took from that is that a team is never too good to go down.”
Townsend was arguably Newcastle’s best player during his time in the North East, winning over the Geordie faithful with his work rate, effort and tendency to score spectacular goals.
After a tricky start at Palace under Alan Pardew, the winger has established himself in the team since the turn of the year after the arrival of new boss Sam Allardyce.
An article in the Daily Mail in mid-January linked him with a return to the Magpies but despite constant speculation towards the end of the month a move didn’t get over the line.
Whilst the deal may be revisited in the summer should Palace fail to beat the drop, for now Townsend and Newcastle are both happily ploughing on with the job in hand of securing Premier League status for next term.