Tony Cascarino has suggested that he has been left impressed by Everton winger Andros Townsend this season.
While asking the question – “which player has stood out for you” – the popular football pundit has said that Townsend has impressed him.
The former Chelsea player feels that Townsend is “proving a point” and that he has a “spring in his step.”
Cascarino has suggested that Townsend was going stale after five years at Crystal Palace and he needed fresh challenges.
“Townsend was getting a bit stale after five years at Crystal Palace but his career has reignited at Everton,” wrote Cascarino for The Times.
“Sometimes players in their thirties need a move to excite them and that’s certainly happened here. The fans were underwhelmed by his arrival but he’s proving a point and has a spring in his step.”
Townsend joined in the summer transfer window from Crystal Palace on a free transfer.
Everton operated on a tight budget this summer and Townsend was initially seen as an underwhelming signing.
However, Townsend is a player reborn under Benitez, who has added a new spark to his game. The Spaniard has brought the best out of him, and he is undoubtedly emerging as one of the signings of the season so far.
Townsend has managed five goals and three assists in all competitions so far. However, it’s his workload and overall effort on the pitch that has impressed everyone.
The 30-year-old is a tireless runner and has put in defensive shifts in every game he has played.
Another important feature is that he has taken responsibility in the absence of key players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
At Old Trafford, he scored a brilliant goal that helped the Toffees level 1-1 with Manchester United in the Premier League.
Along with Abdoulaye Doucoure and Demarai Gray, Townsend has made a massive impact under Benitez.