Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has been in the spotlight lately after scoring on his international debut for England with a sensational strike, and scoring against Midlands club Aston Villa at the weekend with a long range shot.

Townsend possesses speed, ball control skills, a powerful shot, and a good cross, and at only 22, he is showing this well, is he the answer to Spurs' Gareth Bale replacement?

Andros started to get the media's attention during his loan to Queens Park Rangers in the second half of last season.

Whilst present at Loftus Road - only a few miles away from White Hart Lane - the home of his parent club, he was one of the best, if not the best player on the pitch most weeks for QPR.

Along with his dribbling, he showed his eye for goal, especially outside the box, scoring a handful of spectacular goals from distance. However, he was one of the best players at the club not just because he outshone in ability, but because of his passion and perseverance throughout the season.  

Every game he worked for the whole 90 minutes, never giving up, which could be down to his stamina which is a great strength as well, as he is able to keep going until the end of the match, as highlighted in the game against Aston Villa because the defenders were not able to keep up with his constant high tempo.

Even though as of late he has been playing very well, could it just be the situation every England youth star goes through after a run of good games, especially if one or two are internationals.  

"Superstar" is the word on some peoples lips, whereas "over-hyped" slips off the tongue of others. Some key examples both good and bad are Michael Owen, Theo Walcott, and Michael Johnson. These three players went through extreme hype in their teenage years, and in Michael Owen's case it was true as he went on to win the Ballon d'Or, but sadly Johnson did not live up to his promise.

A player who has recently gone through hype because of his first international cap is Southampton striker Rickie Lambert. He, as many of you remember scored with one of the first touches of his international career against Scotland which proved to be the winner, and since then he has continued to perform for his club in the league, but he is an experienced player, whereas Townsend is not.

Realistically, these 'world class' claims can only be proven true if he continues to perform at the level he is at the moment throughout the rest of the season, then he can be fairly judged, but until then only Andros himself can decide how his career plays out.

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