Tottenham winger Townsend plays down comparisons to Bale and Robben

Andros Townsend has distanced himself from comments made by former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp in which he compared the England winger to the likes of Arjen Robben, the Daily Express has reported.

The newspaper adds that Townsend has also been compared to former Spurs midfielder Gareth Bale, who starred for the White Hart Lane club last season before a world record move to Real Madrid. Townsend said however that while such comparisons are flattering, they are more of a distraction than anything else.

He added: “It’s wonderful when people say such things but football is a tough world – and as quickly as you can be flavour of the month, you are only ever one or two bad games away from being slated.

These top players have been performing consistently for years at the highest level. If I ever achieve half as much as these players, I will be very happy.

To be the new Bale, the new Robben, the new Aaron Lennon, is not something I strive for. I want to achieve things in the game like them – but ultimately I want to make my own name in the game and be Andros Townsend.

Townsend has broken into the Tottenham XI this season, making eight appearances in the early part of the season and also winning a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad, although he has yet to make his senior international debut.

Redknapp took Townsend on loan to Queens Park Rangers for the second half of last season, one of nine loan spells the Tottenham youth team product has embarked upon in his career to date.

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