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Andros Townsend ready to shine at Tottenham

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Gareth Bale is edging ever closer to a move to the Santiago Bernabeu and Tottenham may be on the brink of missing out on Anzhi Makhachkala star Willian, while it's not a foregone conclusion that Argentinian wide-man Erik Lamela will be signed.

However, the one wide player to completely slip under the radar at Tottenham is English youngster Andros Townsend. During a time when wide players are intensively linked with leaving or arriving at White Hart Lane, it's easy to forget the players that Tottenham currently at their disposal.

Townsend was given a starting berth on the right side in the 5-0 demolition away at Georgian champions Dinamo Tbilisi and capped an impressive display with a goal and two assists, with one assist due to some fantastic wing-play.

And Villas-Boas had nothing but kind words to say about Townsend's performance, telling reporters: "Andros has been working well in training, so we felt it was time to give him an opportunity and he did very well. 

"If we have the type of performance we had [from him today] we can always count on him. 

"For all the young players we are bringing through, the competition they face is extremely difficult and in my opinion, when you overcome that type of opposition you can only become a top player. 

"He is doing it the right way. He seems very focused after last year's experience."

This isn't the toughest opponent Townsend will ever face, but nor is that a reason to dismiss his starring role in Spurs' victory. The 22 year-old - while playing a limited role - impressed in pre-season along with his late stint on loan at last season at now Championship QPR and displayed the goal threat he possesses in numerous occasions.

Despite the competition in wide areas with Chadli, Lennon and Bale (probably not for much longer) occupying those positions; Townsend, when given his chance, has displayed his ability to at least put him in contention for places.

Aaron Lennon is a player with an abundance of pace and also forms a great understanding with Kyle Walker on the right, but is lacking in dynamism and unpredictability on the right while he also poses little goal threat. On the contrary, Townsend has shown his capable shooting ability on numerous occasions since the turn of the year while also showing trickery, pace and good end product.

Chadli also comes with a not too shabby goal record - albeit from a clearly weaker league - and doesn't have the limitation to his skill-set as Lennon, but he may need time to adapt at a new club and league. This might give a chance to Townsend while he beds in.

So all in all, with just four current widemen - one who is reported to either be on the brink of a move, injured or not in the right frame of mind. Townsend deserves as much chance as any wideman to play a prominent role for the foreseeable future and if Spurs do miss out on Willian it might at least be a blessing in disguise for one man.

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