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By James Cunliffe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Andros Townsend wants to cap the perfect week by helping Spurs to victory over bitter rivals Arsenal tomorrow.
On Tuesday, England manager Roy Hodgson called up the winger for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
The 22-year-old, who came through the Tottenham youth academy, has enjoyed a fine start to the season at White Hart Lane, inspiring Spurs to a thumping 5-0 win over Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League play-off first leg last week.
He played in the first half of the return leg on Thursday – a 3-0 victory – but was taken off at half time with a view to tomorrow’s first north London derby of the season.
As that clash edges into view, Townsend believes a Spurs win could provide an enormous boost to their season.
“It’s a massive game,” Townsend said of the trip to the Emirates Stadium, adding: “It’s always a big game to play your rivals but to play them so early on and to get one over on your enemy, early, is massive.
“Being a local lad, it’s huge for me. Maybe with the other players it’s just another match, I don’t know, but for me it’s massive.
“I remember when I was at school and I used to have arguments with Arsenal fans after the derby, every time.
“That still happens now.”
The Lilywhites head to the Emirates Stadium as narrow favourites, with boss Andre Villas-Boas having broken the club’s transfer record three times to sign Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and yesterday Erik Lamela as part of a triple swoop that also brought in Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen.
It’s a start contrast to their hosts, who have struggled in the transfer market, so far bringing in Yaya Sanogo and former midfielder Mathieu Flamini, both free agents.
“We’ve made signings and every player that we’ve brought in has improved the side,” Townsend said.
“Every player brought in has improved the squad.”
The Spurs man has been particularly impressed with £26million man Soldado got on the scoresheet for the third game in a row against Swansea last weekend, with his fourth goal since making the switch from Valencia.
Townsend said: “He’s a fantastic striker. He’s scored four goals in three games already. All we’ve got to do is keep supplying him and he’ll score the goals.”
The 22-year-old wants to be the man at the front of the supply chain and he did his selection chances for tomorrow no harm, in the absence of Bale and the injured Aaron Lennon, with his direct approach against Swansea and Tbilisi.
It was a year ago next month that Townsend made his Premier League debut for Spurs but much of his fledgling career has been spent on loan.
A final four months of last season at Queens Park Rangers was his ninth temporary spell away from White Hart Lane and, as far as he’s concerned, he won’t be making double figures.
“I went out on loan last season and I’ve proved in six month that I can play at this level now. Hopefully I can impress whenever I get the chance. That’s my aim.
“I’ve been at Spurs since I was eight, I’m 22 now and I’m just fully focused on hopefully trying to break into this team on a regular basis.
“At this stage of my career I wouldn’t look to another loan spell. I’ve got to get my head down and try to make the grade at Spurs now.”