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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Andros Townsend went into Tottenham’s Premier League game at Aston Villa as the focus of attention following his excellent recent performances for England. Here, London24 Sport analyses his performance.
Not surprisingly for a player full of confidence after his England heroics and reward of a new contract, Townsend wanted the ball at every opportunity. He had his first chance to run at Villa in the second minute and Spurs looked for him regularly thereafter. Villa tried to keep tight to him at first but he proved almost impossible to contain as he got more and more of the ball. He even got back to defend on occasions, displaying his hunger.
As the game wore on, Townsend, particularly in the second half, was charging past the Villa defence down the right with great frequency. His energy levels never dropped and he was just too quick for Villa.
His goal was clearly not intended, but it was the very least his overall performance deserved. He brought a good save out of Brad Guzan and sent another shot narrowly over. Some crosses failed to find any targets, but that is being over-critical.
All eyes were on Townsend and he did not disappoint. By the end of the game he was running Villa ragged and Spurs do look like they have another star on their hands. Townsend has now shown he can not only produce, but do so under pressure. Opponents will be doing more homework on him from now on.