Andros Townsend not at Bale's level yet - Tottenham boss

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has a long way to go to equal former star Gareth Bale, according to manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The Portuguese coach has been encouraged by the recent performances of the 22-year-old, but hinted that it's too early to tell whether he can become the 'new Gareth Bale' at White Hart Lane.

“Gareth's influence grew to be immense last season. It is early days for Andros, but I think it was a great performance," Villas-Boas is quoted as saying by the Independent.

“He [Townsend] gives us so many attacking options because he is able to take the team forward with his driving ability and link-up play, crossing, assisting.

“It was another great performance, like we saw for his country.”

Townsend has enjoyed a meteoric rise in recent weeks. After impressing during England's 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, the young winger signed a new deal with Spurs, before scoring his first league goal for the club during Sunday's 2-0 win away at Aston Villa.

Bale, meanwhile, became the most expensive footballer in history this summer after completing his £85m move to Real Madrid.

The Wales international, who turned 24 in July, scored 26 goals in 44 matches for the north London outfit last season.

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