By Beck Pascal

19th May, 2022 | 12:45pm

Ex Everton boss Rafa Benitez shares brutal Andros Townsend career view

Rafa Benitez has savaged Everton winger Andros Townsend who seemed like he was coming to the “end of his career” when he first came to the club. 

The Spaniard was sacked by the Blues in January as they flirted with relegation after just six months in charge. 

With the Blues struggling financially when he first came in, the former Liverpool manager had no choice but to develop the already existing players in the squad rather than look to the transfer market. 

He told AS: “Unfortunately, when we arrived, they had already spent a lot of money and the Premier League’s financial-fair-play rules didn’t allow us to spend any more. 

“We spent just two million euros on five players. Even still, we worked with what we had, brought Anthony Gordon through from the youth set-up, got good performances from Demarai Gray, from Andros Townsend, who beforehand had almost seemed like a player who was coming to the end of his career.

“We got performances out of the team, but we began to suffer injuries and bad luck. One lad dropped a piece of furniture on his toe and the four players who made up the spine of the team got injured. Things started to get tricky at that point…”

Dire times. 

It is very difficult to look back at the six months when Benitez was in charge. The club was at its most toxic during that time and if it had gone on for any longer – the Blues might not have been able to escape relegation with them now looking very likely to do so. 

Benitez had a very good start to life back on Merseyside but injuries to key players and the lack of depth in the squad or potential to sign players cost him dearly. 

His comments are somewhat accurate regarding Townsend. The lack of options in the squad saw him step up to the plate earlier in the season with him now boasting 11 goal involvements in all competitions which nobody expected.

Everyone knows how it turned out but if he had been given a fighter’s chance, it could have ended a whole lot different for the 62-year-old. 

With that being said, Frank Lampard is the best thing to happen to the club in years. He is yet to transform the performances on the pitch with Everton still having to play ugly to avoid relegation but the unity now surging through the entire club is special. 

The Toffees haven’t felt this in years and if the former Chelsea boss can get the football right, the club is set for a very exciting future.

In other Everton news, Yet another European giant who have enjoyed recent major success are eyeing a move for a key Everton man, according to a report.

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