Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has been singing the praises of Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend in The Sun.
Townsend has not been in great form for Spurs so far this season, but he still remains an important player for the North London outfit.
The 23-year-old is also a key figure in the England set-up, and was involved in recent international games against Lithuania and Italy.
Queens Park Rangers centre-back Ferdinand was impressed with what he saw of Townsend against Italy and has lavished praise on him.
“What I like about Andros is that he is so direct,” the 36-year-old wrote in The Sun. “There is no messing about with him.
“He goes on a run and attempts to get a cross in or a shot away. The Spurs winger rattled the Italian defence, scored a great goal and ran and ran at them.”
Townsend is very much a direct player, and that is his strength as well as his weakness.
While running with pace at defenders is something quite common in the Premier League, a winger needs to have tricks and flicks in his bag to succeed at the very highest level.
While Townsend’s hard work and commitment cannot be doubted at all, there will be concerns that he does not have the technical ability to establish himself as one of the his best in his position in the world.