Townsend: Alan Pardew Has Rebuilt Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend spoke about how his manager has allowed Wilfried Zaha to be reborn following his uneventful spell at Manchester United.

Townsend was speaking about why he chose a move to Palace this summer, insisting that it was because of the prospect of working with Alan Pardew.

The 25-year-old believes Pardew is the right man to help him advance in his career, and used Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie as examples of Pardew’s excellent skills.

“I made no secret before that he was another massive reason I joined the club,” he told Goal.

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“I think you’ve seen what he did with the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Wilf last season.

“I think when Wilf came from United his confidence was in pieces, but he rebuilt his confidence and got him back to the level he knows he’s capable of.

“If he can take my game to the next level then I’ll be delighted and that’s the reason I’ve joined the club.”

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Andros Townsend left Newcastle for Crystal Palace this summer after Palace triggered his £13 million release clause, although the player was already certain to leave, as the Magpies had been relegated to the Championship.

Before joining Palace, Townsend had been to over 10 clubs on loan during his time at Tottenham Hotspur, where he began his career in the Youth Academy.

He has played in all of Palace’s matches this season, but he hasn’t yet contributed by scoring a goal or providing an assist. Nevertheless, Pardew will be looking forward to sculpting Townsend to fit in the Palace team.

Townsend’s teammate, Wilfried Zaha, joined palace on a permanent deal last year. He began his youth career with Palace and played an integral part in their 2013 season, which saw Palace promoted to the Premier League.

He was later sold to Manchester United, but he failed to establish himself in the United squad, and found himself back at Crystal Palace in 2014, a year before his departure from the Red Devils was made permanent.


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