Ex-Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has likened Spurs winger Andros Townsend to Bayern Munich's Champions League winner, Arjen Robben.

Andros Townsend has started the season at White Hart Lane in fine fettle, and has so far kept big-money signing Erik Lamela confined to the Spurs substitutes bench to date.

In recognition of his impressive start to the campaign, Townsend has earned a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad, with the 22-year-old receiving praise from far and wide after his scintillating displays.

And now his former boss Redknapp has joined the ever-growing list of Townsend plaudits, comparing the Chingford-born winger to Dutch playmaker Robben.

Townsend was on loan with Redknapp's current club QPR last season, before returning to north London and forcing his way into Andre Villas-Boas' first-team plans.

Redknapp believes the ex-Hoops loanee is "there on merit" and says there are a number of similarities between Townsend and Robben.

"Arjen Robben is nearest thing to Andros, but he's not at Robben's level at moment," Redknapp told the Daily Express.

"He plays on the right hand side, dribbles and cuts in with his left foot.

"He bounces off people. He'll take you outside.

"He has got a similar running style to Robben and is always positive.

"I think he could be a real threat. He was outstanding here for us."

Tottenham will be hoping Townsend can maintain his good form and help fire Spurs to yet another victory as they play host to West Ham United at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

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