Tottenham Hotspur latest: Vertonghen on Townsend, title race & more

There is also news from the under-21's and a new contract.

Defender Jan Vertonghen has said that in-form winger Andros Townsend can have the same impact as Gareth Bale did at the club. Townsend scored yesterday in a Man of the Match performance in Spurs 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park, and Vertonghen believes he can reach the same level of the Welshman who recently departed the club for Real Madrid.

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Vertonghen told the Evening Standard: ‘He has so much pace, technique and skill and he can do it with both feet. I hope he can keep going like this and he can be our best player. Maybe he can become as good as Bale. Maybe one day, if he keeps working – and he will.’

Vertonghen also told the Evening Standard that the title race this season is a six horse races and has expressed some surprise at the challenge from Arsenal and Liverpool so far. He said: ‘Before the beginning of the season, everybody would have said Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and maybe us. But now we see Arsenal at the top and Liverpool third and you have to take them as favourites as well. We have six favourites and Everton are doing very well, too.’

Tottenham’s under-21 side drew 1-1 with Leicester City this lunchtime. Kenny McEvoy’s strike cancelled out Leicester’s opener, which was scored by Joe Dodoo from the penalty spot.

18-year-old midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has signed a new four year contract with the club – which will keep him at the club until 2018. The midfielder scored four goals for the Under-21 side last season.

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