Former Tottenham Hotspur youth coach Anthony Hudson described Andros Townsend as a ‘one-off’ when he was quizzed over the club’s current youngsters by talkSPORT.
Townsend performed well during the recent international break with England, but there are question marks over whether he can produce the same sort of impact on a weekly basis for Spurs.
Hudson has suggested that it shouldn’t be seen as a negative for Tottenham to have a player in their ranks, who will want to prove people wrong.
“You don’t mind, you want players to prove people wrong – Andros has been up and down at times – the loan moves have all been part of his development,” said Hudson.
“There’s no question over his ability, he’s a one-off – He needs to be in a team that plays a certain style of football.”
There was surprise when Townsend wasn’t started by Mauricio Pochettino for the game against Burnley but the second part of Hudson’s comments suggest there was logic in the decision by the manager.
Townsend is arguably at his best when he can get on the ball and drive at the opposition on the counter attack.
His pace is useful in exploiting vast areas of space when Tottenham are playing against a team that comes onto them and maintains waves of pressure.
Against Burnley, Tottenham had the ball for 60% of the match. They needed players more sophisticated in terms of unlocking a defence, although they were unsuccessful as the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Townsend has his place for Tottenham and it’s down to him to put as much pressure on his manager every time he gets a chance in any game.