When England began their 2014 world cup qualifiers, 20 year old Andros Townsend had just returned to Spurs after two very unproductive loan spells in the Championship. The player came back from Leeds and Birmingham and speaking to a Leeds fan recently gave me a reminder of just how unhappy that stint was for both sides.
2012-13 began in brighter fashion with this solo effort for Tottenham against Carlisle – apologies for picture quality.
At the end of the campaign, Townsend sought to prove himself in the Premier League with a spell at QPR but his rise in the last six months still seems remarkable. The player himself is clearly still coming to terms with the turnaround.
“At the start of the season I could never have dreamed this, playing for my club regularly and getting my first two caps for England,” Townsend said.
“It’s been a dream come true really, but I can’t let it get to my head, I’ve got to keep playing well and keep my head down.
Now, instead of focusing on a Championship loan, the 22 year old has much bigger concerns.
“If I want to be on that plane I’ve got to keep playing well for Tottenham and if I’m selected again I’ve got to keep playing well for my country.”
It’s been a great week for Andros Townsend and we hope he can translate that form back to club level when Spurs travel to Aston Villa on Sunday.