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Top five footballing successors: Rated! (1)

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Those who predicted that Andros Townsend's spectacle against Montenegro was a once in a blue moon occurrence have been left to eat their words after last night's performance.

As expected, people are now heralding the 22-year-old as a ready-made, home-grown replacement for the recently departed Gareth Bale at Spurs.

Isn't it oh so easy to get caught up in this type of talk?

More often than not when a player or manager leaves a club, supporters and 'experts' alike begin the hunt for his successor. 

Sometimes the replacement is adequate, sometimes they exceed their predecessors and on some occasions they flop massively.

We take a look at five of football's most acclaimed succession stories, and rate whether or not they turned out to be worth the gamble or ultimately failed to meet the demands...

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