Andros Townsend impresses in win – what is his role at Tottenham?

The Spurs youth product impressed in the 5-0 win over Dinamo Tblisi on Thursday night, but will he get a regular chance at White Hart Lane?

Tottenham secured their place in the Europa League group stages after a 5-0 win in Georgia over Dinamo Tblisi on Thursday night. With only the formality of the home leg left to negotiate, the White Hart Lane club will have a lot more fixtures to play with an upcoming European campaign.

Undoubtedly the star of the show in the 5-0 win was Andros Townsend. He opened the scoring with a 50-yard run and a cool finish after 12 minutes, which effectively killed the game as a contest.

He then turned provider, setting up new men Paulinho and Roberto Soldado for Spurs’ next two goals. An excellent 90-minute run out will have given Townsend confidence, as the 22-year-old was involved in everything positive that Spurs offered going forward.

Andre Villas-Boas was full of praise for his young winger after the victory.

"Andros has been working well in training, so we felt it was time to give him an opportunity and he did very well," the Tottenham manager said.

"If we have the type of performance we had today [from him] we can always count on him. For all the young players we are bringing through, the competition is extremely difficult and, in my opinion, when you overcome that type of opposition you can only become a top player.

“He is doing it the right way. He seems very focused after last year's experience."

Townsend has been something of a journeyman in his short career to date, completing nine loan spells to predominantly Football League clubs over the last four years.

The wideman impressed with his endeavor and trickery in his temporary stint with QPR last term, netting twice in 12 appearances for Harry Redknapp’s charges.

However, how much of a role will Townsend play at Tottenham this season? Villas-Boas has a decision on his hands in whether to keep the youngster at the club for the campaign, or look to give him more exposure to regular first-team football elsewhere, aiding his progression.

Competition for the three attacking midfield berths at Tottenham is fierce. Gareth Bale is still on the books but is rumoured to be on the verge of an exit – but this will not necessarily pave the way for Townsend to get more time on the pitch. Spurs are thought to be in the process of bringing Erik Lamela and Willian to the club with the record transfer fee they are about to receive.

This pair will join the likes of Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby in the search for first-team action. Europa League games will mean there are more fixtures for Townsend to potentially feature in, but he will face stiff competition from international team-mates for the nod from Villas-Boas.

Townsend is arguably the brightest of the handful of Tottenham youth graduates breaking into the first-team squad. If he is managed correctly he has the ability to be a regular starter for the club, but that may not be for another 12 to 24 months.

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