One Spurs star who shone in Malaysia... and one who badly disappointed

Tom Carroll low quality

Tottenham Hotspur beat a Malaysia XI 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon. Two talking points...

Tom Carroll - Hit

On loan at Swansea City last season, there was perhaps less focus on Tom Carroll with regards to his Tottenham future.

Sure, there was plenty of talk the 22-year-old could return to do a job at White Hart Lane. But there seemed to be plenty more talk of Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli.

Both are promising talents - but Carroll proved on Wednesday he could be just as promising if not even more so.

Granted, this was a friendly against a Malaysia XI not a decisive Premier League clash. There were still, though, plenty of similarities between Tottenham's regular fixtures and this one. For starters, they wouldn't have been anywhere in the final third were it not for Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen or Danny Rose.

And Carroll added himself to that list. He hit the post for Kane to net the rebound for the opener and ably assisted him for his second. The 22-year-old played just in behind the striker at times and showed creativity and great vision throughout.

Andros Townsend - Miss

If you're getting bored of reading the same things about Andros Townsend every week, it's getting boring writing them...

Yet White Hart Lane or Malaysia, it doesn't seem to matter: the Spurs winger will sprint down the right and cut inside and he will either shoot where the goalkeeper has already been waiting for his shot for what seems like hours - or get tackled by a defender who's been waiting even longer.

He's just so predictable.

Yes, the 23-year-old played a one-two with Carroll for Kane's second goal - but you get the impression Townsend wouldn't be able to create the chance were the roles reversed.

Unless Spurs simply cannot find any buyers, there is no way whatsoever Townsend should remain at White Hart Lane next season.

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