Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that Andros Townsend shares a number of traits with former club idol Gareth Bale.
The Welsh international was Spurs’ most influential player last term as they narrowly missed out on a top four finish to bitter rivals Arsenal.
At the end of the campaign he made a world-record switch to Real Madrid, with the London club still feeling the impact of his exit now.
Townsend has been one of the players to step up in the absence of the club’s departed hero, with his early season form having played him into the England squad.
The 22-year-old has been sidelined with a hamstring injury of late, but is believed to now be back to near full-fitness.
Sherwood believes that his starlet is in a similar mould to Bale, and he hopes that he can make the Three Lions’ squad for the World Cup later this year:
“He had a great start to the season and we are hoping he can pick up that tempo again and drive on.” He is quoted by The Express.
“Andros can do something different. He can go past people, turn a bad performance into a fantastic result like Gareth Bale did last year.”
“He wants to go out and prove he is ready and wants to be on the plane. He knows he might have to do a little bit more before he gets the ticket. Adam Johnson has been brilliant and has got right back on track.
“Anyone who has got any aspirations to be in the World Cup needs to be playing for Tottenham and playing well. It can only benefit me.”