Academy players know what it means to represent Tottenham, says Andros Townsend

The 23-year old feels Spurs' academy products give them an edge in key fixtures.

Much has been made of the recent emergence of academy players at White Hart Lane with Tottenham Hotspur fielding the youngest side on average in the Premier League last season.

Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose and Andros Townsend were all key figures in the Tottenham first team last term and the England international spoke to the club’s offical site about the merits of such youth progression.

He said: "It’s fantastic for the Club and the Academy to have a mix of talented young players combined with more experienced senior stars all working together in the first team.

"To get five home-grown players in the team at the same time is great and to have played in a cup final against the eventual champions last season - and to have held our own after beating them 5-3 with the same five players two months earlier - is incredible."

The former Queens Park Rangers loanee also feels that the number of academy players in the first team gives Spurs an edge in derby games particularly.

Townsend told the club's official site: "Players who have come through the Academy know the Club inside-out and have been fans themselves so everyone knows what it means to represent Spurs.

"I think that was illustrated in the London derbies at White Hart Lane last season."

Townsend struggled to nail down a place in the Spurs first team last season but will be hoping to push on next term and find of way a transferring his international form to club level.

Roy Hodgson still counts on Townsend for England and the Tottenham man has rewarded his faith with 3 goals in his 9 appearances. His form under Mauricio Pochettino has been less spectacular, however, managing just 5 goals and 3 assists in his 35 outings last campaign.

With attacking reinforcements sure to be recruited this summer, it’s vital Townsend impresses during pre-season to ensure he remains firmly in Pochettino's plans.

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