Andros Townsend has claimed that Tottenham are “definitely” contenders to win the Premier League title this season.

Spurs, who have not won the First Division title since 1961, are currently fourth in the table, level on points with Chelsea and Liverpool but five behind their north London rivals and league leaders Arsenal.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side have come under criticism of late for their lack of goals this season, but Townsend believes that they have what it takes to challenge at the very top.

The England star told the Metro: “I definitely think we can win the title. It’s a big target for us. We’ve had a good start to the season and the boys are feeling good.

“There’s a great atmosphere in the squad and that’s given us confidence. We know it will be difficult and there are lots of sides up there, but I think we’ve got the strength and depth to match them.”

Townsend has impressed so far this season becoming an integral part of the Spurs starting line-up.

The 22-year-old, who earned his first caps for England last month and scored in a 4-1 victory over Montenegro for Roy Hodgson’s side at Wembley Stadium, has started nine of his club’s ten Premier League matches in the current campaign.

But he admitted that he worried for his future at White Hart Lane during a number of loan spells at various different clubs.

Over the past four years Townsend has been sent out to Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient, MK Dons, Ipswich Town, Watford, Millwall, Leeds United, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers.

But after impressing under his former manager Harry Redknapp at QPR earlier this year, he was recalled by Villas-Boas for the start of the new season.

“There were times when I didn’t think I’d get the chance,” Townsend added. “When you’re on loan you can sometimes get forgotten about and you can fall off the radar. I had a call from Andre Villas-Boas last season and that helped me a lot.”

Spurs face Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League tonight before taking on ninth placed Newcastle United in Sunday's early kick-off at White Hart Lane this weekend.

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