In a recent press conference, Spurs’ head coach Andre Villas-Boas was very complimentary about some of the fringe members of the squad and Andros Townsend was one of those singled out for a mention.
Townsend had just appeared as a second half substitute for Tottenham against Aston Villa and was shortly to score his third goal for the club away to Carlisle in the Capital One Cup. Andros is now in the England under 21 squad but faces a similar fight to that of Steven Pienaar last season if he is to get a regular place in Tottenham’s starting XI.
“From the first moment this season, he’s tried to fight for a place in the team,” said assistant manager Steffen Freund.
“Can you imagine, as 21 year-old, you have in front of you Gareth Bale, one of the best wingers around?
“Andros keeps going, he trains well, he’s always there if you need him, always strong, creates something, he played fantastic at Carlisle and scored as well. It’s fantastic to work with Andros because he likes to improve and I think over the next few years, he’ll be one of the biggest talents in England.”
For now, Townsend will have to remain patient but is he a capable deputy for Bale at this level?