Tottenham Hotspur youngster - The new Townsend?

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Jenas says Carroll can follow in the footsteps of the England winger

Harry Redknapp has already tipped Tottenham youngster Tom Carroll for a bright future, and it seems his team-mates have also been impressed with the England Under-21 international.

Carroll is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur with Championship outfit QPR until the end of the season, and has already made an impression despite suffering an ankle injury earlier in the campaign.

The 21-year-old, who came through the Spurs academy system, has played four times for Redknapp’s side, alongside the more experienced heads of Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin.

He should return from injury when Rangers host Charlton Athletic on Saturday, and his team-mate Jermaine Jenas, who trained with Carroll when both players were at Spurs, says the youngster is showing all the right attributes needed to become an outstanding player.

“I’m delighted for Tom. He went through a spell at Spurs where I don’t think they knew what was going to happen,” Jenas said in the Brent & Kilburn Times. “He was very slight, but he’s worked very hard on his technique fitness.

“He’s one of the players I use to see after training constantly working on his technique, so to see him grow into the player he is is nice to see.”

Jenas suggested that Carroll could go on to achieve the same success as Andros Townsend, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Loftus Road.

Townsend has since gone on to break into Andre Villas-Boas’s first team and the England national side.

“He needs a lot more games at the top level to get that confidence,” said Jenas. “He made the right decision coming here rather than playing Europa League games because the Championship is more competitive. Hopefully his time here will have the same effect as it had for Andros.”

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