Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend would fancy his chances in a sprint race against Bayern Munich and Netherlands star Arjen Robben.
Robben has been clocked at a speed close to Olympic standard in Brazil while playing for the Dutch and the Tottenham 22-year-old says he’d be confident in a foot race against the experienced winger.
“I think he’s even quicker with the ball at his feet than when he’s just running – I’m confident (when asked who would win a race) I’m eight years younger so I’d hope I could win,” said Townsend during ITV’s live broadcast of the Netherlands v Chile.
Townsend is one of the brightest wide prospects in English football at the moment but he suffered in terms of fitness and consistency last season.
He’s always had an impressive amount of pace but what Mauricio Pochettino is more likely to want to see from him next season is a consistent end product as well as an improvement to his general midfield play.
Robben is such a fantastic player because he’s able to control the ball at extreme pace and often cuts in on his favoured left foot, because he’s simply too quick for defenders to be able to react.
The best defenders in the world know not to show him onto his left foot but it’s his speed which allows him to get the ball onto his stronger side before he rains shots on goal.
Townsend’s focus should be on being in the Tottenham side under Pochettino at the start of next season. He started the last campaign well, getting himself into the England side and performing at all levels.
However, since he fell out of the side it’s been an uphill battle which is why he’s a pundit for ITV at the World Cup rather than getting ready to feature in England’s final game against Costa Rica later today.