Townsend only wants to be himself.
Andros Townsend has finally broken onto the scene in a big way this season, impressing for Tottenham Hotspur and being called up to the England national team.
The way the winger has been playing has drawn comparisons with former Spurs ace Gareth Bale and Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben.
Yet Townsend has insisted that the 22-year-old doesn’t want to be compared to these Ballon D’Or contenders and instead wants to be judged on the forward’s own merit.
“To be the new Bale, the new Robben, the new Aaron Lennon is not something I strive for,” the Englishman told the Sun.
“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.”
Despite an abundance of midfield talent arriving at White Hart Lane this summer – such as Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela – Townsend has started six of Spurs’ seven Premier League matches this term, as well as both of their Europa League triumphs.
The Tottenham ace is yet to be given a cap by England national team manager Roy Hodgson, although is in the 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland.
With both club team-mate Aaron Lennon and Arsenal duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured, Townsend is the only recognised winger at Hodgson’s disposal and could well be given a chance to impress on the international stage.
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