Andros Townsend: Better than Messi, well according to this stat

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Tottenham Hotspur's man of the moment can boast of an impressive statistic.

You get the feeling that if Andros Townsend could freeze time and capture this moment to relive over-and-over, he would do it - and who could blame him.

The winger who Spurs sent out on loan to nine different Football League clubs made his England debut on Friday night, scoring a sensation goal and awarded man-of-the-match.

The 22-year-old has at his club been keeping record signing Erik Lamela to a restricted role, finding the form which saw Roy Hodgson call upon him in the first place.

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For evidence of just how he is making an impact, check out these two impressive statistics:

* GOAL THREAT: Townsend may not have found the net in the Premier League this season, but he has been a constant pain for goalkeepers to deal with. He averages 4.3 shots per game, the highest in the division - and the eighth highest in Europe. Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list (8.6).

Here's the more impressive one:

* DRIBBLING: Andros Townsend is the most prolific dribbler in Europe. Fact. The Spurs winger has made 33 successful dribbles so far in his six appearances. This averages at 5.5 per game, the highest on the continent, narrowly higher than Lionel Messi's 5.3 average from 32 dribbles.

Now just like his England goal, that really is an achievement to be proud of. Gareth who?

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