Andros Townsend says that he is happy with the competitive return that he made from injury in Tottenham Hotspur’s opening game against West Ham United.
The fleet-footed winger came onto the pitch around the hour mark and made an impact, as Spurs sneaked a late winner.
And the 23-year-old says that he was pleased with the way he performed after having last season cut short due to an ankle complaint.
“I felt sharp, I felt good, and my shots were good – it was only good saves that kept them out.
“I take confidence from that and hopefully now I can get some starts and push on and back to where I was last season.”
The England international was ruled out of the climax of last campaign and has been working with a specialist all summer to ensure that he was as fit as possible for the start of this Premier League season.
It was a knock which arguably cost him a place in England’s World Cup squad and he returns to Spurs with a point to prove.
There have been reports that Mauricio Pochettino is happy to allow Townsend to move on this summer, if the right offer comes in, as he has not been convinced by the winger.
Southampton have already had a £10 million offer rejected for the pacey wide-man and they are expected to launch a second bid in the coming days, but Townsend is understood to be keen to stay at White Hart Lane.
He was one of Spurs’s better perfomers last year, as the stumbled into sixth place in the Premier League, but it looks as if he could be consigned to a rotational role this year.
Pochettino is known to be a fan of Erik Lamela and seems to be offering the Argentine a second chance to impress after a disappointing opening season in English football, whilst Aaron Lennon gives him competition for a starting spot down the right-wing.
Townsend is, therefore, determined to impress and he is hoping to start doing just that in Spurs’s Europe League game against AEL Limassol tomorrow night.
“I think, no matter what game you’re playing in, as long as you’re playing in front of the first-team manager there’s always opportunities to impress – whether it’s a training match or a Europa League match,” he said.
“I did that last year and hopefully some of the boys who are on the bench this year can do the same.”