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Winger Townsend flying high at QPR

IMPRESSING: Townsend celebrates scoring a goal

MOVING TO Queens Park Rangers on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in the January transfer window has done Andros Townsend a world of good.

The 21-year-old winger has thrived since joining former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road with two goals and one assist in five matches, and being a permanent fixture in the starting line-up, has undoubtedly showed his parent club what they are missing out on.

Since signing a scholarship at Tottenham at the age of 16, Townsend has been loaned out to a total of nine clubs in the Championship and League One, including the likes of Ipswich Town, Leeds United and Birmingham City respectively.

And Townsend, who is comfortable utilising either foot, was quick to stress the importance of playing regularly in one of the greatest leagues in world football.

He told the Voice of Sport: “It’s massive. There’s no better thing as a youngster playing week in, week out, especially in the top league in England and one of the best leagues in the world. It’s a massive experience for me and one I’m new to. I’ve had a lot of runs in the lower leagues and now I’ve got my chance in the top division. I need to show what I can do.”

DUTY CALLS: The 21-year-old (left) in action for England U-21s

So was Townsend ever frustrated at not being given the opportunity at Tottenham and to be constantly being loaned out to other clubs?

“Nah, I think it’s a part of the parcel of the game nowadays. Especially when you’re at a top club like Tottenham,” he responded. “You’ve got quality wingers like Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Siggurdson so I know it’s going to be tough for me. I’ve had my chance to go out on loan and show what I can do at the lower level of Championship and League One. QPR have taken a chance on me and hopefully I continue to impress them.”

While the left midfielder has flourished since joining the west Londoners, the Hoops are staring relegation in the face as they are bottom of the Premier League on 23 points with eight games remaining.

Townsend – who featured for the England Under-21s in friendlies against Romania and Austria over the past week – says that Premier League safety is his main priority and not where his future lies after this season.

“My aim is to try and win as many games for QPR between now and the end of the season and hopefully keep them in the Premier League. I’m not thinking beyond that to be honest,” he said.

He was also quick to praise Redknapp for not only giving him a starting birth, but for also getting the best out of his players, such as former Tottenham central midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who also joined QPR at the end of January.

“He’s a top manager. He’s good at motivating players and breathing confidence into players. As you said with Jermaine Jenas, he’s been in and out of the team in the last few years at Tottenham, he’s come to QPR and he’s got back to some of his best form that he showed a few years ago. He gets the best out of his players through his man-management skills.”

The aforementioned friendlies against Romania and Austria were the last chance for the Young Lions to prove themselves to England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce ahead of the European Under-21 Championships in Israel from June 5 to 18 and Townsend wants to be selected.

Prior to England’s 3-0 win over Romania at Adams Park on March 21, he said: “The manager picks the squad on March 28 after the two friendlies. It’s really a chance for us all to impress so when he whittles it down to 23 I can hopefully make it.

“And that’s what I’m trying to do in these next 10 days, just try and impress the manager and hopefully secure my place on the plane.”

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