By Goodison News speaking to Kevin Campbell

22nd Jul, 2021 | 4:10pm

Kevin Campbell: Andros Townsend is a good signing for Everton

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Kevin Campbell is thrilled with the addition of Andros Townsend to the Everton attack after the 30-year-old joined as a free agent.

The English attacking midfielder left Crystal Palace after the end of his contract last year, and has penned a two-year deal with the Toffees.

Townsend is reuniting with Everton manager Rafa Benitez after both worked briefly together at Newcastle United, and Campbell believes the Spaniard has decided to only sign players he can trust and rely on.

Speaking exclusively to Goodison News, Campbell said: “I think it’s a shrewd signing, I know there are a lot of Blues who are saying he’s not better than what we’ve already got.

“But I think Andros Townsend is one of those players, you know what you’re going to get, and you know whenever they’ve struggled at times, there has been no service to Calvert-Lewin.

“He’s one of those players who can supply service to Calvert-Lewin. There is no point having a striker who’s good in the air and dynamic if you’re not going to get him any service.

“I think it’s a real shrewd signing. A good quality player who can supply, that is the key. You’ve got to be able to give service.

“(He works hard)…that’s the other thing, You know what you’re going to get from him. He would be up and down whether it’s left or right. You can play him on either side, and you know what you’re going to get.

“Rafa Benitez is going for players he can rely on, because there is no point going for players who, one minute they are good and four games they are bad.”

Quality addition

Crossing is one of Townsend’s greatest assets and strengths, and having him in our attack would excite Calvert-Lewin.

The England international striker is one of the best headers in the Premier League, and has finally gotten someone who can serve him the perfect crosses on a plate.

Christian Benteke benefitted a lot from his deliveries from the wings at Selhurst Park, and it is now DCL’s turn to enjoy those services.

Benitez loves a hardworking player, and Townsend never shies away from his defensive duties on the wings.

It would not come as a surprise should the former Real Madrid manager decide to deploy him as a right wing-back once in a while.

We reckon the Premier League veteran is capable of pulling off a fine job in such a position, and a lot should be expected from him next season.

Townsend is relishing the chance to play European football again, and Everton are providing him with an opportunity to help our top-six ambitions.

He has the potential to become a huge bargain addition, and we cannot wait to see whether he would hit the ground running at Goodison Park when 2021-22 kicks off.

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