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By Ben Pearce, Tottenham correspondent
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Danny Rose believes that the faith shown in him and Andros Townsend proves that young English players are getting a chance at Tottenham – and he feels the same is true at other Premier League clubs.
Analysts Deloitte have reported that, out of the record-breaking total of £630million that was spent in the summer transfer window, £570m (or 90 per cent) was invested in foreign players.
That was partly due to Spurs, who splashed out over £100m on seven international overseas stars while also shipping out five English players in Steven Caulker, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Tom Carroll, with the latter two midfielders departing on loan.
The growing proportion of foreigners in the top flight was highlighted by the new FA chairman Greg Dyke last week as he discussed the difficulties that England face at international level.
However, Rose and Townsend have bucked the trend. Having returned from their successful loan spells at Sunderland and QPR respectively, the pair have found themselves in Andre Villas-Boas’ starting line-up in four of the opening five games, including the recent north London derby.
“It’s brilliant,” said Rose. “You see, with the likes of [Roberto] Soldado playing, that the club have broken the club record twice in this transfer window, which is really good – and it’s great that the manager has put Andros in. He’s had a great pre-season, he’s probably been our stand-out player throughout pre-season.
“Then with myself, he [Villas-Boas] watched me a few times when I was out on loan last season, and he’s noticed my hard work. Andros and I especially are over the moon that we’ve been given a chance.”
“But it’s not just us - you look at Southampton as well. They’re trying to bring in expensive signings and bring through their youth as well, so it’s good for English football.”
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