Andre Villas-Boas has presumably enjoyed Tottenham’s summer business up until recently, though things are no longer going entirely his way.
Gareth Bale’s protracted switch to Real Madrid edges ever closer and Chelsea have now hijacked Spurs’ move for Willian, the Brazilian midfielder who would have proved Bale’s ideal replacement.
Yet, among all the comings and goings at White Hart Lane, Andros Townsend provided a moments respite with a goal and four assists in Tottenham’s Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi.
Townsend proved the star of the show in the Lilywhites’ emphatic 5-0 victory in Georgia on Thursday evening, and after years of finding himself trapped in the Academy, the England u-21 international could now be the answer to AVB’s prayers.
Tottenham have spent over £60 million already this summer – almost enough to make up for their hesitant north London rivals starting line up.
It appeared they were ready to break the bank once again when Anzhi Makhachkala confirmed Willian was having a medical with Spurs, though the Brazil international now lies on the cusp of joining Chelsea.
A Brazilian international he may be, but that represents only two caps for the Samba Boys. Townsend is yet to play for England’s senior side, and was conspicuously absent from the U-21’s woeful European Championships after being suspended for betting.
The youngster appears to have come back stronger from an embarrassing summer, and is presumably part of AVB’s plans.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp had confirmed his side were interested in Townsend, but that he was not for sale and the Hoops had been priced out of a move.
Townsend spent the second part of last season on loan at Loftus Road, and should enjoy a well-deserved run in the side after learning his trade in previous loan spells at Yeovil and MK Dons.
Even if Bale were to stay, a possibility that looks increasingly unlikely, Thursday’s victory means Spurs will all but certainly be competing on four fronts this season, meaning Townsend will get plenty of opportunities.
It has taken Townsend a long time to break into the first team, barring occasional cup appearances, but Bale’s imminent departure makes this season the perfect time for the winger’s maturity to shine.
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