Alex Iwobi has shared his support to Andros Townsend after he was released by Everton.

Townsend wasn’t offered a new contract at Goodison Park as his current deal came to an end this week and he is now a free agent.

The 31-year-old joined the Toffees on a free transfer in July 2021 and went onto score five goals in 23 appearances, with Rafa Benitez praising his quality and claiming that he words ‘very’ hard’.

However, Townsend suffered a cruciate ligament injury in March 2022 and was yet to return for the Toffees before he was released.

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The winger took to Instagram to address his departure, tweeting: ‘So my time at Everton has come to an end. Although I am gutted I wasn’t able to recover from my injury in time to help out last season, I will always remember and cherish these moments in particular from my 1st season.’

Alongside plenty of messages of support from fans, Iwobi was quick to reply with ‘Legend!’ in his comments. Townsend then responded with a rather funny message of ‘Iwobinho’.

The pair clearly became friends upon Townsend’s arrival on Merseyside, despite beginning their careers with rival clubs. Townsend spent 16 years with Tottenham before joining Newcastle United, while Iwobi was with Everton for the same amount of time up until 2019.

Andros Townsend was a quality servant but was never good enough for Everton

Andros Townsend always worked very hard during his time at Everton and showed splashes of quality, including his Premier League Goal of the Month against Burnley in what was his first goal for the club.

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However, the 31-year-old was never good enough for the Toffees and shouldn’t really have been signed by Rafa Benitez in the first place.

While Everton fans will be thankful for his short spell, the club are doing the correct thing in releasing the ‘dead wood’ and hopefully bringing in some more quality.

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