Four shots in 33 minutes: Andros Townsend's cameo underlines why he frustrates

Andros Townsend

The Tottenham winger sought to score the winner from range for the Londoners after arriving from the bench, but he should mix up his game more?

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend was a second half substitute for the club in Sunday's 2-2 draw with Swansea, but in that short period on the pitch he underlined why he is both an exciting and frustrating figure for the Spurs faithful.

The academy graduate made a big impression with a substitute appearance in the win over Sunderland earlier in the season, but try as he might at the Liberty Stadium, Townsend was unable to replicate that contribution.

Below are Townsend's statistics from of the match that prove what could one day be his strength, but at the moment continues to be his criticism.

  PositionTeamTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttTouchesSuccessful Dribble (beat man)Total Att AssistPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Christian Eriksen MF Tottenham 7 4 78 2 2 80.39% 1 90
Bafétimbi Gomis FW Swansea 4 0 44 1 1 75% 1 90
Andros Townsend MF Tottenham 4 2 32 2 0 81.25% 1 33
Harry Kane FW Tottenham 3 2 35 2 2 88% 1 81
Nacer Chadli MF Tottenham 2 2 24 0 1 82.35% 1 64

The player may well have taken to the pitch with instructions from his manager to take shots whenever an opportunity arises, but his statistics certainly proved interesting reading.

Even though he had just over a third of the game on the pitch, Townsend got plenty of touches on the ball and managed to dribble past as many players as Eriksen and Kane. But what really stands out is that he had the joint highest number of shots on goal as anyone else in the game. He forced Lukasz Fabianski into two saves, with one swerving effort towards the centre of the goal nearly catching the Pole out. Only Eriksen had more attempts, and more on target, and that included three attempts from free kicks.

Though Townsend's shooting from distance often finds the target, forcing the goalkeeper into a save, his record for Spurs with such efforts remains poor considering the number of attempts he has. 

With Spurs doing most of the running as they attempted to find the fifth goal, there will be many supporters who would rather see the 24-year-old keep hold of possession rather than let fly with a speculative effort, especially considering he failed to provide one assist for a teammate to try and score.

The England international's decision making in this aspect, when to shoot and when to instead give the ball to a teammate has long been a criticism of the winger, and until some of his shots finally find the back of the net, it will continue to be a frustrating aspect of his game.

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