Jan Vertonghen: Andros Townsend can be Tottenham’s new Gareth Bale

Jan Vertonghen believes Andros Townsend can be Tottenham Hotspur's new Gareth Bale in two or three years

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Andros Townsend scored against Aston Villa on Sunday Photo: The Sport Review

Jan Vertonghen believes Andros Townsend can be Tottenham Hotspur’s new Gareth Bale.

The 22-year-old, who scored on his England debut earlier this month, was on the score sheet for the north London side as Spurs secured a 2-0 win against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Sunday.

Dutch centre-half Vertonghen has been impressed by Townsend’s impact in the Tottenham first-team this season and believes the winger can emulate the world’s most expensive player in “two or three years”.

“I think Andros can be our new Gareth Bale,” Vertonghen said.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

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