Tottenham boss Villas-Boas shies away from comparing Townsend to Bale

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas does not want to compare Andros Townsend with Gareth Bale, the Belfast Telegraph has reported, but the Portuguese was full of praise for the England winger after Aston Villa were beaten 2-0 on Sunday.

Townsend scored the game’s opening goal when his cross into the penalty area beat everyone, including the Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, before Roberto Soldado sealed the points with his first open play Premier League goal for Spurs.

The goal capped a successful week for Townsend, who became an England international against Montenegro on Friday, scored in a 4-1 win, and helped England qualify for the World Cup days later with a victory over Poland. He also secured a new contract at White Hart Lane in recognition of his enhanced status at the club this season.

Townsend’s inclusion in Villas-Boas’ squad may have come about in part due to the sale of Bale to Real Madrid, but Villas-Boas warned against comparing Townsend with the world’s most expensive player. “It is early beginnings for Andros with his life at the club,” Villas-Boas said.

Gareth’s influence grew to be immense in the last season. It is early days for Andros. But I think it was a great performance. Alongside the team, it grew in the second half, and he really improved his performance.

He gives us so many attacking options because he is able to take the team forward with his driving ability and link-up play, crossing, assisting. It was another great performance, like we saw for his country. It was great to see.

Townsend is a product of the Tottenham academy but, despite being only 22-years-old, has experience of a host of other clubs after a succession of loan spells, nine in total, which took in the likes of Yeovil Town, Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers.

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