Andros Townsend is having a fantastic season. In fact he’s having a fantastic 2013.
Having had a successful loan spell at QPR in the latter half of the last campaign, Townsend has capitalised on Aaron Lennon’s injury by making that spot on the right side of Tottenham’s midfield his own, as well as starring for England on Friday night.
But could it benefit Spurs to move him to the left side of midfield?
Tottenham have made a bright start to the season, however at times they have lacked fluency going forward, and last week West Ham ruthlessly took advantage-netting three second half goals to stun Spurs 3-0 at The Lane. Whilst West Ham deserve credit for taking advantage of Tottenham’s poor display, questions still need to be asked about how Spurs couldn’t break the hammers down.
Spurs started with a familiar attacking midfield trio of Sigurdsson on the left, Townsend on the right, and Eriksen in the number 10 role. And it simply didn’t work. With West Ham congesting the midfield, space was scarcely made available for playmaker Christian Eriksen to pull the strings. However Tottenham’s main problem was down to a lack of width. Sigurdsson and Townsend’s first instinct was to cut inside onto their stronger foot, thus narrowing the space for Eriksen even further.
So with the return of Aaron Lennon, should Andre Villas-Boas put Andros Townsend on the left wing? It is the position Townsend has grown up playing, and with his pace and trickery, he could cause defences all kinds of problems, as well as creating space in the middle for Christian Eriksen to dictate the play.
Spurs were at their best going forward when they had Aaron Lennon on the right wing, and Gareth Bale on the left wing. Having such pace and width stretched teams and created space for players like Van der Vaart and Luka Modric in the middle of the pitch.
Whilst AVB places a greater emphasis on defence than Harry Redknapp did, this doesn’t mean that using pure width wouldn’t work in the Tottenham side of today, just like it did then.
Moving Townsend to the left hand side would also give Andre Villas-Boas the opportunity to unleash £30 million summer signing Erik Lamela, who scored 15 goals from the right hand side in Serie A for Roma last season.
So should Tottenham consider playing Townsend on the left wing? You can have your say in the comments section below.
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