Here is a list of clubs and I want you to guess just what they all have in common:
- · Yeovil Town
- · Leyton Orient
- · MK Dons
- · Ipswich Town
- · Watford
- · Millwall
- · Leeds United
- · Birmingham City
- · QPR
Well if you read the synopsis for the rest of the article you could probably hazard a guess but if not they are all clubs where Andros Townsend has taken in loan deals during his time as a professional footballer.
That’s right a whopping NINE different clubs have borrowed him from Tottenham Hotspur since he first went out on a temporary deal to Yeovil Town back in March 2009.
Each of these nine deals has had its mixed level of success. At Leyton Orient he was a revelation and his time with Millwall was also impressive. However stints with Watford, Ipswich Town and Leeds were not so fruitful.
What those varying spells left was an abstract painting in regards to his talents. But there has been nothing abstract about his form for QPR other than its direct parallel to their obvious peril.
He has been sensational since arriving at the club on loan this previous transfer deadline day and he was once again the main threat as QPR lost to Fulham at Craven Cottage last night; all but ending their hopes of Premier League survival.
QPR wanted Townsend permanently in January but Spurs were only willing to let him out on loan and now at 21-years-old surely the time is right to make this his last ever loan spell.
Spurs have switched Gareth Bale to a central threat and while Lewis Holtby and Gylfi Sigurdsson can do a job on the left they are certainly much better equipped in the centre of the park.
So Townsend covers that option.
Then there is his ability from the right-hand side; cutting into that deadly left foot of his.
But if Spurs don’t want him, if for some reason he isn’t in Andre Villas Boas’ plans, then they should let him move on.
He has proved himself at a Premier League standard this second half of the season and there will be queues of clubs waiting to ask ‘how much’ if that is the course of action AVB takes.
I don’t think he will. I think he will use him next year.
What do you think? Is it time to give Townsend his chance in the first team?
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