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Vertonghen: Andros is new Bale

Jan Vertonghen believes Andros Townsend can become the 'new Gareth Bale' after the Tottenham winger's dream start to the season.

Last Updated: 21/10/13 at 15:49 Post Comment

Andros Townsend: Can be the new Gareth Bale, according to Jan Vertonghen

Andros Townsend: Can be the new Gareth Bale, according to Jan Vertonghen

Townsend starred during England's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley to help them reach Brazil next summer.

The 22-year-old then penned a new long-term deal at White Hart Lane and capped off an extraordinary week by scoring in Tottenham's 2-0 Premier League win at Aston Villa on Sunday to take them to within three points of leaders Arsenal.

And Belgium international Vertonghen feels the youngster can eventually reach the same level as Bale, who joined Real Madrid in a record £85million deal this summer.

"I think Andros can be our new Gareth Bale," said defender Vertonghen. "He has so much pace and technique and skills, and he can do it with both feet. I hope he can keep going like this and he can even be our best player.

"Can he reach the same level as Bale? Maybe one day, if he keeps working - and he will. He's young. In two or three years I think he can go to that level, yes.

"I remember playing against him in training last year. Sometimes I played left-back so I played against him when he was on the right wing in training, and I never liked playing against him.

"He's 100 per cent professional and I like him as a person as well so I'm very happy he's doing this well."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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