Everton have signed Andros Townsend on a free transfer from Crystal Palace on a two-year contract until June 2023.
Townsend joins Everton after scoring 31 goals 291 appearances across four different Premier League clubs in all competitions, with his highest tally in a single season coming at Palace in 2018-19 season with nine goals in various competitions.
Having previously worked with new Toffees boss, Rafa Benitez at Newcastle United during the final two months of a poor 2015-16 campaign in which the Magpies were relegated, Townsend spoke to evertontv. of looking forward to reuniting with the Spaniard.
Explaining what players and fans can expect from Benitez based on his previous experience, Townsend said: “Rafa is very experienced. He does a lot of work on the tactical side on the training pitch, he leaves no stone unturned.
“But more importantly, he’s a great man, a great man-manager, and he’s always talking to you. I’m sure he will be very successful here.”
Townsend also spoke of his reasons for moving to Goodison Park, commenting: “It’s a massive football club, it’s very ambitious, a club which has been trying to get back to where it belongs into Europe and beyond,”
On the club’s ambitions for the new season, Townsend said: “Everton is a massive football club and has big ambitions next season. As the old cliché goes, it was a no-brainer.”
Townsend also teased Everton fans as to what they can expect from him on the pitch, saying: “My strengths are that I can cross a ball with my left or right foot, get balls into the box. I like to score a goal or two,” plus “I work hard off the ball, too, which is something I got better at with Rafa.”
Everton will open their new season at home to Southampton on Saturday 14 August 2021 in an untelevised Premier League clash, as the 3pm blackout window prepares to return for the upcoming campaign after being relaxed last season.