Are Tottenham Hotspur trying to sign a carbon copy of Andros Townsend in Victor Moses?

Tottenham have been linked with Chelsea's Victor Moses, but statistics show him to be no better than Andros Townsend.

In one of the more surprising transfer reports from over the weekend, Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a move for winger Victor Moses, by The Mirror.

Moses is still contracted to Chelsea but has spent last season on loan at Stoke City, having been at Liverpool a year earlier.

One reason we describe the reports as surprising is due to the fact Moses does not appear to offer an upgrade in talent over current winger Andros Townsend, who himself divides opinion among the Tottenham support.

A look over the statistics from the last three Premier League seasons combined show Townsend and Moses to have near identical records:

  TeamPassing AccuracyDribbles per gameKey Passes per gameInterceptions per gameSuccessful Final Third Passes per gameGoals AssistsAppearances
Victor Moses Stoke / Liverpool / Chelsea  83% 1.6 1.03 0.6 6.98 5 4 62
Andros Townsend Tottenham / QPR 82% 2.25 1 0.54 7.83 5 3 59

Moses and Townsend have both racked up in the region of 60 appearances over the past three seasons, with spells at different clubs on loans, and record near equal production.

Both players have netted five goals during this period in the Premier League, with Moses edging the assists with four to three, hardly of any significance to suggest he is a worthy upgrade over the England international.

Tottenham need to be looking for players who can upgrade their squad and offer them a chance to kick on and move forward.

Moses does not represent an elevation in talent over Townsend and as a result Spurs should not waste their efforts on signing a winger who would take them no closer to finishing in the top four.

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