Few players have the ability to be even mentioned in the same sentence as Gareth Bale.

And even fewer, maybe only a handful, have the ability to be compared to the Welshman, who this summer completed an £86million move to Real Madrid.

But up and coming Spurs starlet Andros Townsend has all of the credentials to go on and become the new Gareth Bale that Spurs so desperately crave.

Andre Villas Boas worked hard over the summer to improve his side following Bale’s departure, with the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen already integrating well into the new-look Spurs side that are adapting to life without Bale.

But Townsend - who has played on-loan at Birmingham City and QPR in the past two seasons - has now been picked for England’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland and seemingly has the world at his feet. 

Hard to imagine for a player who has only made 23 Tottenham starts in his rapidly growing career.

But it hasn’t been an easy ride for Townsend- banned for going against betting regulations and suffering an array of media abuse following a diving incident against Chelsea are only two examples of events that have helped him become a better player.

But manager Andre Villas Boas has done a lot of work moulding Townsend’s game that has now earned him comparisons to the great Welshman, and the winger is grateful of the chance given to him by the former Porto coach.

Townsend told The Sun: “The gaffer has been fantastic with me. When he first joined the club he gave me my first minutes in the Premier League against Reading. And since then he has been trying to help me.

"He texted me when I was at QPR saying ‘well done’ after matches. He gave me a DVD of stuff I had to work on. He sat down with me and we went through what I had to do to improve.

"I’m now putting my head up and watching more for the run of the attacker before crossing the ball. This is something I have worked on hard with the boss. I have a lot to thank him for but I need to keep repaying his faith and keep improving.”

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