Crystal Palace host Tottenham today in one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups in the FA Cup fourth round.
Special attention, therefore, may be paid to Andros Townsend, who has played for both clubs with mixed fortunes. With that in mind let’s compare how he has fared for both teams…
Townsend’s career at Tottenham can be seen as a bit of a roller-coaster. The winger came through the Tottenham academy, but truly burst onto the scene in the 2013/14 season under André Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood.
His performances that season saw him earn his first England call-up, and a sensational goal against Montenegro at Wembley catapulted the 22-year-old into national attention. He made a name for himself for having a very powerful long-range shot, and was infamous for cutting infield and unleashing it.
However, many Tottenham fans would say that he never truly progressed at Tottenham from an up-and-coming player to an established talent. The arrival of Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane effectively spelt the end of Townsend’s Spurs career, as he could not win favour with the Argentinian.
He was sold to Newcastle for £12m, in January 2016, bringing to an end a very turbulent time with Tottenham.
TT Grade: C+
Crystal Palace signed Townsend from The Magpies in 2016 for £13m, and were probably unsure what they were going to get from the player.
His form had been so erratic that it was hard to determine whether this would have been the player that earned England recognition or not.
It is fair to say that Townsend has been a good signing for The Eagles, who, along with Wifried Zaha, has carried the south London club at times. He has proven to be versatile and threatening wherever he is fielded, and must be complemented for reviving his career. While England caps may be out the window, he has nonetheless been a great signing for Palace, and still at the age of 27, can bring a lot to Selhurst Park.
TT Grade: B+
While Townsend may have announced himself to the rest of the nation at Tottenham, and also earned his England caps, he has been a huge asset to Palace.
It is for that reason Crystal Palace win this battle, as, relative to who they are and what their ambitions are, Townsend has been a more vital player to them than a number of Tottenham players have been at their own club.
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