Fans react on Twitter to Townsend - Bale comparisons

Gareth Bale

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend continues to make the football world talk with some fine performances.

Few would have been expecting Andros Townsend to have the impact on the Tottenham first team that he has done and fewer would have been expecting him to star for England in the final round of World Cup qualifiers.

With the dust having settled on Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid a long time ago, it was always going to be fascinating to see how Spurs would try and replace their former star player.

Well Townsend is sticking his hand up for the role in a big way but he’s got a fair way to go before he can be considered in the same bracket as Bale, someone who commanded a greater transfer fee than Cristiano Ronaldo.

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There are similarities because Townsend is just as quick and plays exactly the same way that Bale did on the right wing. However, they are similarities that Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is playing down.

"It is early beginnings for Andros with his life at the club. Gareth's influence grew to be immense in the last season. It is early days for Andros - He 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," said AVB.

He can use his pace to turn and beat the full back before pulling the ball back to another player or he’s good enough to control possession at full speed, before cutting inside to unleash a shot from his stronger left foot.

The trick for Townsend is consistency and if he finds that consistency, he’ll have a much better chance of matching Bale’s impact at the club last season.

He’s bagged two goals for the club in all competitions this season and has a strike for England from the last round of World Cup qualifiers. Not only has his goal tally got to improve to get closer to Bale, it’s his all round game from his passing to his assists.

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It’s also important that he’s able to reinvent himself because he will be challenged at the top level. Sooner or later, sides are going to find a way of playing against him and keeping him quiet, which means Townsend will have to find another way to be effective.

Here’s what fans are making of the Townsend – Bale comparisons via Twitter.

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