February 22, 2024

Everton have yet to learn what kind of Premier League sanctions they may face, but the Toffees face a possible dilemma.

Everton is now under investigation for violating the Premier League’s profit and sustainability criteria, and may face sanctions as a result of overspending under Farhad Moshiri. Depending on what punishment they receive, they may face significant problems within the squad and on the pitch.

Indeed, 32-year-old Townsend was released by Everton at the end of last season and has since struggled to find a new club.

A proposed move to Vincent Kompany’s Burnley fell through leaving Townsend in limbo ahead of the start of the current campaign.

However, the former England international has now joined newly promoted side Luton Town on a short-term contract until January 2024.

Townsend expressed his delight at joining the Hatters on Instagram, writing: “This one just feels soo good. Immensely grateful to everyone at Luton Town for this opportunity soo excited to get back to it.” In the comments section, his former Everton teammate Demarai Gray was among the first to congratulate the Premier League veteran on his return with a two-word message.

Townsend’s injury ended any hope he had of regaining his place at Everton.
Gray and Townsend both joined Everton during the summer of 2021, when Carlo Ancelotti’s surprising exit was compounded by Rafael Benitez’s unhappy appointment.

 

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Jamaican international Gray, like his old teammate, left Goodison Park this summer after a two-year stint on Merseyside after sliding down the pecking order under Sean Dyche.

Indeed, the 27-year-old joined the Premier League exodus to Saudi Arabia this month, signing a £10 million deal with Pro League side Al-Ettifaq.

Meanwhile, Townsend’s Everton career was prematurely cut short by an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in March 2022, meaning that the 32-year-old has spent the past 18 months sidelined.

However, Townsend has always been a consummate professional and no doubt he still has plenty in the tank as he joins Rob Edwards’ side at Kenilworth Road

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