Andros Townsend’s move to Queens Park Rangers was on the verge of going down in transfer deadline day folklore.
The on-off-on move was finally sealed and the Tottenham winger has shone brightly as QPR have started their great escape.
There was much surprise amongst Spurs fans when it was announced Andros Townsend was joining Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the season. Firstly, there was the feeling that Townsend underused by Redknapp when the latter was in charge of the Lilywhites. Secondly, with Townsend gone there would be no natural cover for Tottenham’s flying wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon.
Finally, with Bale moving into a free role behind the striker, there was room for Townsend to play with both his colleagues, rather than as a replacement for one of them.
Townsend had enjoyed five spells on loan in Championship before his loan to QPR, and in terms of his own development the move to West London was the right one. Redknapp has been full of praise for the 21-year-old, telling Sky Sports after the draw against Norwich: “Andros had an outstanding game too. People keep talking about big money - I think he's on about three thousand a week.
"I think we'll get good value out of him. Absolutely brilliant today. He never stopped working. He's a young player with a big future.”
Townsend’s dipping 25-yard volley against Sunderland at the weekend helped QPR to a second successive win. Like his Spurs team mate Kyle Walker, who spent six months on loan at Aston Villa before breaking into the Tottenham starting XI, Townsend will hope his loan spell can help him break into the starting team at White Hart Lane.
Spurs supporters will be hoping for the same, while Rangers fans will pray he can continue his good form and help the R’s out of the relegation places come May.
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