Andros Townsend won’t be a familiar name to all Spurs supporters, but his display in the 3-0 win over Charlton suggests that he might just have a big future at the club.
Townsend who is 19, has appeared on the bench for Spurs on occasions but yesterday was his full debut which he marked with a goal and a great all round second half performance.
In truth, it was the introduction of Luka Modric at half time which really turned this game. Spurs fielded a slightly weakened team but with the likes of Palacios in midfield, together with Defoe and Pavlyuchenko up front, fans were entitled to expect a little more than the goalless first half that was served up.
Modric looked lively as soon as he was introduced and once Townsend broke the deadlock the game looked safe. Jermaine Defoe always seems to do well against Charlton and it was his brace that finished off the game, making him even more popular with the away supporters who have never forgiven him for deserting them at youth level, thereby turning his back on a career in the lower leagues.
So Spurs are safely through, but it was Townsend who shone most brightly on the day. To date he is best known for a wonder goal while on loan at Orient that still crops up occasionally on Sky Sports (video below). He also impressed while on loan at Ipswich this season but on yesterday’s display it looks like he’s a Spurs player to watch.