It goes without saying that Tottenham possess a wealth of talented English youngsters, so many so that it’s pretty much impossible for all to make it at the club. Pessimistic fans claim that none of these youngsters will make it at the club with established players being brought in instead whilst the optimistic supporters are extremely excited about the potential of many of the young stars. Who makes it and who doesn’t is yet to be seen but there’s definitely talent on show and that’s certainly the case when it comes to 18-year-old winger Andros Townsend.
Townsend, born in Leytonstone, is a left winger like fellow prospect Danny Rose. Unlike Rose though Townsend is your traditional fast winger who delights in racing past players and whipping in a cross or going alone. The youngster shows great confidence and his trickery and ability on the ball are impressive for such a young player and he already has impressive goals to his name, albeit in a lower league.
Already an England Under-19 international, Townsend was a regular for the Tottenham Under 18’s last year, showing skill and talent throughout the calendar year which led to his playing some games for the reserves and even being named on the bench for a UEFA Cup tie though he didn’t appear. He has previously been named in friendly squads for Spurs but is yet to play in a competitive fixture for the club, he has however experience of the lower leagues.
Townsend was loaned out to League One side Yeovil last season where he looked very impressive, racing down the wing regularly and helping the club stave off relegation, scoring a crucial goal along the way. Then this year he’s been loaned out to Leyton Orient where he is proving a regular and he looks too good for the division – already the player has two cracking goals; one from a delightful bit of skill in the box and finish (check the video) and another where he raced past defender after defender before smashing a fine finish home.
At 18 Townsend is nowhere near the finished product and we have no idea if he will be able to make it at the club. The fact is though that he already looks like a star of League One which would indicate a career at a higher level is in the making. There’s always an opening for fast, confident wingers who can beat their man – just ask Aaron Lennon – and Townsend is viewed as a great talent – there’ll always be quality players coming into Spurs who he has to beat to the first team but there’s always hope for youngsters and there could be a whole lot of hope for Townsend.