Believing in the impossible has to be part of what supporting Spurs is about. I am true Spurs supporter therefore I believe Andros Townsend has the potential to become a Tottenham & England regular. Forget Gareth , we have Andros.
When Monaco thrashed Spurs on Saturday there was a feeling in the air that we were in for a long season. It may have only been a pre-season friendly, but we were shocking. We lacked commitment, effort but we were full of players that looked like they didn’t want to play. That was of course until Andros Townsend came off the bench.
For a player whose game time in the first team has been minimal, Townsend has chipped in with two cracking goals this pre-season. A free kick versus South China and a goal against AS Monaco – if you close your were squinting at the TV, it could have been Bale scoring those goals.
When the youngster breezed past the opposition at the Louis II stadium on Saturday and rifled in an unstoppable drive past the Monaco keeper, I realised it, we had another Bale.
For a player whose game time in the first team has been minimal, Townsend has chipped in with two cracking goals this pre-season.
It was just like the Welshman’s winner against Southampton towards the end of last season. As I celebrated a consolation goal, I had a moment with myself and came to the realisation that our Champions League qualification hopes rest with Andros Townsend.
Since 2009 the lad has been on loan at nine different teams, after each spell Andros has returned to the Lane with glowing feedback. Last season we were able to see what a match sharp and eager Townsend can offer a Premier League. At QPR he excelled, the West London club were a mess, yet his performances, goals and vibrancy on the wing offered them hope and relief from a terrible season.
Townsend can emerge as Tottenham’s most prolific attacking midfielder, he shares more than just speed with Bale. Both are originally wingers, both are left footed, both are quick and both share the knack of scoring wonder goals.
At QPR he excelled, the West London club were a mess, yet his performances, goals and vibrancy on the wing offered them hope and relief from a terrible season.
After the Monaco debacle, I found myself surrounded by Gooners down the pub. To a man they were celebrating Bale’s departure, I however responded with:
“Bye Bye indeed Bale, we’ll take 100 million pounds and save up for our Champions League qualification party, we only need Andros Townsend, you watch it when makes a mockery of your lot at your place later this month”.
To their amusement, I stuck with the whole “Townsend’s the new Bale” all night.
The following morning I awoke with brief memories of the night before. Dread crept over me, perhaps it was the hangover, perhaps it was my lauding of Townsend or maybe it was the affect of being within close proximity of more than one Gooner.
Despite the hangover and everything else though, I spent Sunday reasonably confident. The forth coming season with or without Bale looks promising.
We’ve made the signings we needed to make. Paulinho will be great alongside Sandro and Dembele. Soldado is the first class striker we’ve had since Berbatov, those guys supported by Townsend makes the approaching season even more exciting than usual.
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