Andros Townsend reckons Everton's players were “disgraces” last season

17/10/2022 12comments  |  Jump to last

Andros Townsend reckons Everton's players were disgraces last season but that transfer changes have brought a revolution in attitudes at the Blues, even in difficult moments.

Talking to Sky Sports about some of the internal squad dynamics last season and the changes Lampard and Thelwell have implemented over the summer, Andros Townsend says:

“We were failures, we were disgraces and so small, but then to turn up to a game and have the fans greet us like we were kings it made us feel so big and that we could run through a brick wall. Ultimately, that support and fanbase at Goodison Park got us out of the situation we were in.

“The manager saw who was and wasn’t up for it and who couldn’t hack the pressure of playing for such a big club. He got rid of those players and brought in players who clearly can handle that pressure, who have been there before, and now we have a better team off the back of that.”

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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 18/10/2022 at 00:52:35
Townsend saying: “we were disgraces... Frank got rid of those who couldn't hack it and we are better off.”

Wow, strong words.

Steve Brown
2 Posted 18/10/2022 at 02:16:24

I was made up by what Andros said. Setting standards and holding each other to accountability at last!

Don Alexander
3 Posted 18/10/2022 at 02:42:09
Townsend in the Echo is alluding to the clearing of a mere coppice amid a forest of very expensively acquired dead-wood by our fucking useless owner and his leeching chairman. There's way more from the squad to be got rid of.

But who is Andros Townsend beyond an honest international professional enduring a plethora of loans to get him eventually to the pinnacle of 13 England caps with 3 goals scored (contrast that with Barkley's 6 in 33 in the same timeframe)?

Townsend is an attacking footballer with a career-long ability to strike a football at extreme pace and accuracy from way outside the area. He's proved it for other clubs before us too.

That said, with us he's by now a mere journeyman to the world of football despite the shooting ability that dwarfs anything possessed by anyone else in the club.

Sigh – as ever under our hideous owner and leadership.

Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 18/10/2022 at 02:51:47

I don't disagree – I was just surprised he said it in public. Plus I'm assuming his “got rid of” applies to those dropped to the bench who were regulars as well as those who've gone temporarily or permanently elsewhere, eg, Gomes and Tosun.

Townsend is a smart guy, I think his dad is in charge of the PFA? But that apart, he also puts in a shift. His magic doesn't always come off but when it doesn't at least he works hard, rather like Aaron Lennon, and I would say Iwobi is the same way.

Steve Brown
5 Posted 18/10/2022 at 04:36:40
Yes Kieran, Townsend is a solid pro who works hard.

For him to speak up like that shows what standards were like last season.

Steve Brown
6 Posted 18/10/2022 at 05:01:47
Townsend also said this about Iwobi — “Rafa used to have this fitness test and Alex was always the fittest. But he didn't believe it.”

Kieran Kinsella
7 Posted 18/10/2022 at 06:01:23

Who's the “he” – Rafa or Iwobi? Was Rafa refusing to believe or Iwobi modest?

I know folks on here have got frustrated with Iwobi at times (Colin) but to me he reminds me of Oxlade-Chamberlain – a player I rate but who I think suffers from trying too hard, playing 100 mph and overdoing it, ergo the injuries.

Under Frank, Iwobi has settled down a bit and been smarter as opposed to mindlessly rushing around. I didn't realize until this weekend his uncle was Jay Jay Okocha. What a player he was.

Back in the day when we had few foreign players beyond him, Curcic, Rosler and Kinkladze. I dunno why but I always like these dynasties; Charltons, Allens, Ferdinands, Nevilles, Whittle/Davies.

Steve Brown
8 Posted 18/10/2022 at 06:46:44
Kieran, the ‘he’ is Rafa Benitez. He set the fitness test then refused to accept that Iwobi was this strongest.

I think Iwobi always had talent, but lacked confidence which impacted is consistency. He is definitely a lot braver in making progressive forward passes.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 18/10/2022 at 18:31:55
Townsend is a honest guy giving us his opinion on players that have gone.
David McMullen
10 Posted 18/10/2022 at 18:44:23
If this is what Townsend said then good on him.

But most of the players now out the club are probably not the reason we were a disgrace last season.

It was a collective, which started from the top (Benitez). I think it was getting the right people to run the club and then make the right decisions on players. We started okay with Benitez but it was probably doomed and I found he was the biggest disaster. The club should have handled it far better.

Justin Doone
11 Posted 18/10/2022 at 22:11:29
I don't know what questions Andros Townsend may have been answering but as an established Premier League team that was involved in a relegation battle, it's not a surprise to hear this, is it?

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 19/10/2022 at 06:05:02
I'm guessing without naming names, ah bugger it, I'm guessing Andre Gomes was one Chief culprit here?

The game when Gomes came on at Southampton and was absolutely dreadful – probably made up Frank's mind about him.

Dele Alli another clear example no doubt.

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