As arguments about the quality of youth development continue to loom in the air around England, no one can deny the way Andros Townsend has blossomed into a top-quality winger in the English Premier League this season under manager Andres Villas-Boas. Tottenham‘s Champions League aspirations may be tied to the form and continuous development of the Englishman.
Townsend has been on Tottenham’s books since 2009. A Spurs youth product, the Englishman has taken loan spells at numerous English clubs in the Premier League as well as England’s lower divisions. Impressing on loan with the Queens Park Rangers last season, Spurs were adamant about keeping the 22-year-old as he continues to show promise and brilliance.
Townsend has represented England at all phases of the youth level and has seen his performances this season earn him a call up to England manager Roy Hodgson‘s senior squad during the recent World Cup Qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Interestingly enough, the recent injury problems of England international Aaron Lennon has paved the way for Townsend to shine at Spurs, occupying Lennon’s favored right wing position. Townsend has pace, trickery and an appetite for taking defenders on one versus one, three characteristics that are critical for a talented winger to consistently impact a game.
Not as well known as England’s other young wingers like Arsenal’s duo of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling, Townsend seems to be more technically gifted with superior dribbling skills.
Only time will tell what will become of Townsend. His potential to become a special player is apparent. With an abundance of talent, don’t be surprised to see Townsend operating on the right side of midfield during next summer’s World Cup for England.