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Tottenham winger rules out loan move

Andros Townsend says he won't consider a tenth loan spell

By | 27th August 2013
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After loan spells with nine different clubs over the past four years, Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has ruled out leaving White Hart Lane for a tenth time this season as the English U21 player gears up to cement his spot in the club’s first team.

The 22-year-old has been playing for Spurs’ academy program since the age of nine and is looking to impress manager Andre Villas-Boas this season after a sensational display in last week’s 5-0 Europa League play-off victory against Dinamo Tbilisi, in which the Englishman scored as well as assisted Spurs newcomers Roberto Soldado and Paulinho. Townsend also earned the penalty that led to Roberto Soldado’s penalty match-winner against Swansea City on Sunday.

This surge of tenacity and skill comes after a difficult period for Townsend, who was fined and banned for breaching FA betting regulations last June. After serving his punishment, Townsend revealed his delight to return to football and prove his worth.

“I had a rough summer but I have put that behind me. I am now even more determined to have a good season and get the doubters and the bad press off my back,”  Townsend told the Daily Star.

“That is what I will be looking to do whenever I get the chance. I have been at this club since I was eight and I am a Tottenham fan, so my main objective is to try and force my way into the team. I know it is difficult. We have got fantastic, world-class players. But my mind is just focused on trying to score goals and play like I did against Dinamo.

“Would I consider another loan? For me, no. I am 22 – I need to focus and try and make the grade at Tottenham. I wouldn’t consider another loan deal.”

Townsend eyes a role in the new-look Spurs side

Tottenham have had a busy summer in preparation of Gareth Bale’s expected departure to Real Madrid, signing key-name players such as Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, and Étienne Capoue. But even with the new additions, Townsend feels he is in line to fight for his spot in Villas-Boas’ eleven.

“I think whoever is here come September 3, it is going to be difficult for me. Aaron Lennon is a world class player, there is Nacer Chadli, Gylfi Sigurdsson. There is competition. But it is an exciting time to be here. You have seen we have made fantastic signings already – Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Chadli – we have made great signings,” Townsend told the Daily Star.

“Even if the transfers stop, we have still got a great squad going into the season. The main thing is that we create chances and we put away chances.”

After missing out on highly-regarded Anzhi winger Willian to cross-town rivals Chelsea, the north London outfit will hope that Townsend’s marvelous Europa League display can translate back to the Premier League and help the side surge back into the top four and Champions League qualification.

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