Andros Townsend is being linked with a £5 million transfer to Swansea City this summer.
Andros Townsend is the journeyman of Tottenham Hotspur, a player with limitless potential, someone the club have so far refused to leave yet refused to give him a decent chance to play in the first team.
He’s currently on loan with Queens Park Rangers, where he’s simply been enhancing his reputation as one of the most exciting wingers around which makes it mystifying as to why Spurs seem ready to move him on this summer.
Just two goals have arrived in 13 Premier League appearances this season but there is a real chance for the 21-year-old to nail down a place at Tottenham next season, ironically if Gareth Bale stays at the club.
Townsend is an out and out left winger, who can sometimes but inside and play in that hole just behind a number nine striker. He has every skill needed to make that position his own ahead of next season.
The decision of Andre Villas-Boas to switch Gareth Bale to more of a number ten position means Spurs have been missing a lightning quick left midfielder ever since and it means Townsend’s biggest obstacle to getting into the first team at White Hart Lane has just been removed.
He still looks a little raw and slightly under developed at times but that’s all you can expect from a player who has never been given the chance to settle down anywhere; he’s been on loan at different clubs over the last five seasons.
He’s a very unfortunate player because had Spurs not endured the success and league position they are currently experiencing, then he may well have been given a chance to impress in the first team.
It’s going to be even harder for him to nail down a chance next year, if he stays at Spurs, because the expectations are going to be a lot higher if the club finishes in the top four with Champions League football.
As a winger, there aren’t many better young English players around and he certainly has the skill and the trickery needed to do a job at the top level, which he’s been proving at QPR.
It’s a risk to give him a run of first team games next season but then it’s a risk with any 21-year-old who clearly has a lot more to give and a lot more potential to show off.
He’d be a very good signing for Swansea but the fee seems low on the part of Tottenham, especially for a player who could be worth four times that amount if he stays at the club in two or three years time.
Should Spurs axe him or give him a chance?
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