Why Townsend has to make an impression in Sunday's game vs Burnley

Andros Townsend

The Tottenham and England star should be on a high after his heroics in Turin, but now he has to do the job for his club.

Spurs winger Andros Townsend has had a peculiar week. It started with questions asked as to why the Londoner had made the cut for Roy Hodgson's England squad, with Paul Merson a particularly visible critic on Sky Sports.

Cut to Tuesday, and the high of Townsend's superb 20 minute cameo to help England turn around a 1-0 deficit to Italy. His wonderful long range strike drew Roy Hodgson's side level as the game moved into the final 10 minutes, and underlined that perhaps the Tottenham graduate fully deserved his place in and around the England side.

Following the game, Townsend reminded Merson of the questions the former Arsenal favourite asked of his form on Twitter, which in turn sparked further debate about whether that was the right thing to do, and Merson's further criticisms in the Star that the 23-year-old has to bring his form back to White Hart Lane and help his club challenge for trophies.

And that has been the criticism for Townsend for much of Spurs career, that he has been unable to prove his quality consistently at the highest level of English football. Questions have been asked among his own fans of the player's goalscoring record and assists, as well as his decision making and perceived selfishness.

Despite a poor passing accuracy compared to his fellow midfielders, Townsend has the best shooting accuracy of any of his teammates, even trumping Harry Kane's 45% at getting his efforts on target - further evidence that his quality in this regard shouldn't be smothered.

  PositionTeamGoal AssistGoalsOn Target Shooting AccuracyOntarget Att AssistPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Andros Townsend MF Tottenham 2 2 46.67% 9 79.31% 14 660

Well, Townsend now has a clean slate to come in against Burnley on Sunday for Spurs and prove that the performance in Turin earlier in the week wasn't a flash in the pan, and he is more than deserving of that right wing spot in the Spurs team.

The England international arguably has eight games to prove to Mauricio Pochettino that the club don't need to bring in another top class winger in the summer, and he has to do that by giving the ball to teammates at the right time at Turf Moor, keep his crossing strong, but more importantly, not being afraid to take on his man to leave him in a shooting position on goal. The Tottenham faithful will be much more forgiving of one of their own academy graduates if he is smashing in goals like he did against Gigi Buffon once a month.

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