Tottenham’s Andros Townsend: Good Andros versus Bad Andros 2

Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend

Ask any Tottenham fan to list their frustrations with the season so far, and - to a man - they will reference Andros Townsend’s wastefulness in the final-third.

It’s very apparent how talented the winger is on the ball, and how much he would be able to offer his side if he could make his game more high-percentage - well, yesterday we saw the first glimpses of that against Chelsea, and he showed a balance in his game between direct play and passing football which was of much more benefit to his side.

Below are his statistics from yesterday’s game, with the equivalent numbers from his performance against Cardiff in brackets:

- Played 63 minutes (81).

- Touched the ball 31 times (51).

- Had 0 shots on-goal (6).

- Completed 95% of his passes (87%)

- Created 2 goal-scoring opportunities (1).

- Completed 5 successful dribbles (2).

- Was fouled twice (2).

Townsend has the potential to be such a destructive player, and if he ultimately wants to hold-off the challenge of Erik Lamela for the right-sided spot in Tottenham’s line-up, yesterday’s type of performance has to become more of regular occurrence. Compare, for example, the moment in the first-half yesterday when he cut-in off his wing and played Paulinho in behind the Chelsea defence with a beautifully disguised reverse-pass - last week, he wouldn’t have even looked for that, and instead would have just cut across the area and shot at goal. It’s a team game, Andros, and you’ll be a better player if you accept that.

Changes in approach don’t happen by accident, and very clearly the Tottenham coaching staff spent a lot of time this week on this issue - so it’s good to see that pay-off, and equally pleasing to note the progress Townsend is tentatively making.

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