Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Townsend wants to prove his worth to Spurs; No Arsenal bid for Villa

England Under-21 international winger Andros Townsend is hoping to impress parent club Tottenham Hotspur while on loan at Queens Park Rangers.

England Under-21 international winger Andros Townsend is hoping to impress parent club Tottenham Hotspur while on loan at Queens Park Rangers, Sky Sports understands.

Townsend, who was playing second fiddle to Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane, joined QPR to find regular first-team football.

Townsend, 21, has been in fine form since joining QPR on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day.

The 21-year-old winger scored the match-winning goal and set up Jermaine Jenas’ 90th minute strike against Sunderland at Loftus Road on Saturday, helping the Super Hoops record consecutive league victories for the first time this season.

The England Under-21 international is keen to prove his worth to Tottenham Hotspur in the coming weeks, as Spurs ace Gareth Bale continues to be linked with the likes of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

The future of Bale may very well decide that of Townsend in North London, but the 21-year-old winger will surely not be short of potential suitors as long as he continues to produce good performances on the pitch.

Nonetheless, Townsend is eager to impress Spurs technical coordinator Tim Sherwood and striker coach Les Ferdinand.

“Obviously I have belief in my own ability but this is my chance now to show people at Spurs, here and around the Premier League that I am good enough,” Townsend said in the Fulham Chronicle.

“Hopefully I can take the opportunities when they come and show people what I can do.

“I’ve spoken to Tim Sherwood a few times and Les Ferdinand has been down to a few games.

“They’re keeping tabs on me and hopefully they are pleased with what they see.”

Townsend has bagged two goals and one assist in 14 competitive senior appearances for QPR and Spurs this season.

No Arsenal bid for Villa

FC Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has revealed Arsenal have not submitted a formal bid for striker David Villa, despite ongoing reports linking the Spain international with a move to North London, according to ESPN Soccernet.

Reports have suggested that Villa is unhappy with his part-time role at the Camp Nou, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keen to add the 31-year-old talisman to his squad.

However, Zubizarreta told Catalan station TV3 that the La Liga leaders have not received a concrete offer from the Gunners for Villa, while insisting the striker is still an “important’ player for the club.

“We did not receive a written offer from Arsenal,” confirmed Zubizarreta.

“He is an important player for us. We have spoken a lot with him about his situation and his recovery [from long-term injury suffered in December 2011], because he continues to score goals and show his talent for finishing.”

Villa has bagged 12 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for the Catalan side in 2012-13.


Shawn Etemadi



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