I'll help Andros Townsend cope with pressure - Spurs Boss

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says he will help Andros Townsend cope with the pressure of being a regular player.

The winger has exploded into a Spurs regular and shone for England in their two final World Cup qualifiers.

The tricky winger showed his flair and pace for the Three Lions and his speed is matched by the rate his career has ascended recently.

Unsure of his place in a talented Tottenham squad before the season started, Townsend has established himself with some impressive performances.

And his manager believes the rise is down to the former QPR loanee's personality.

"It comes with the irreverence of a young mind in a young player," Villas-Boas is quoted as saying in the Express. "When a young man steps into a great team full of internationals like that, it comes because of his irreverence.

"Townsend is very extroverted and shows no fear. He shows that in his game when he tries to beat defenders with his pace and creativity. Only when you have that confidence can you do that.

"It is wonderful for him. The explosion he has had in the Premier League is amazing, now it is not only for Tottenham but for his country. He has been doing extremely well."

And the Tottenham boss also praised the fact he is a home-grown player, adding that if he continues to play how he is, he will keep his place in both the Tottenham and England teams.

"And he is a home-grown player. We are very proud of what he has done and have seen him play with so much confidence and determination that he has really set his place in the team not only at Tottenham but England.

"It is performances like this that keep your place in the team and when he has been called up by myself or Roy Hodgson he has given great performances."

Spurs face a tough away fixture at Villa Park this weekend and even if Townsend continues his form, his manager realises he will dip at some point in the long campaign.

The Portuguese chief, however, believes the midfielder will have the backing of the dressing-room.

"I would suppose it won't divert his attention too much and I would expect him to be the same player. But more people will be worried about him and there will be more demand for him to perform every week - but I am sure he can cope with that.

"Most of his colleagues are down-to-earth so he is in the right environment. He has had a great education with his loan moves and we will need to help him out a bit."

Tottenham will be looking to recover from their shock defeat to West Ham in their last fixture, however, a trip to Villa Park has been made harder with the news that Christian Benteke may feature.

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