Town loanee tipped to become a star

IPSWICH TOWN: Andros Townsend was today tipped to become a top player.

The Blues loanee will be looking to win his place back for tomorrow’s Championship visit to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United (kick-off 3pm).

The 19-year-old is on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur and he is currently joined at Portman Road by another Spurs youngster – 20-year-old Jake Livermore.

The latter, who is on loan initially until January, has seen Gareth Bale come through the White Hart Lane academy to hit the high spots this season with the London-based club.

Asked who he sees coming through from the Ipswich ranks, Livermore said: “Andros has every chance – he can become a top player whether with Tottenham of somewhere else.

“He showed against Leeds United and Millwall in the Carling Cup what he is capable of.

“If you isolate him with one defender he can be very dangerous buying time for his team mates and inviting fouls.

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“He gets a bit more room when games tighten up and of course his speed is always a threat.”

Livermore remembers Bale going out to Nottingham Forest on loan a couple of years ago, and says the Welsh international’s success should be inspirational.

“When Gareth got his chance he took it and he’s turned into a great player.

“And he deserves it as he’s a good lad and is good in the dressing room.

“This should inspire Andros and myself and to make the most of our time on loan in the Championship .

“It’s different to the Premier League and a different style and educational for both Andros and myself.

“Spurs manager Harry Redknapp says that if you can play in the Championship then you can play in the top flight.”

Livermore was cup tied for the visit of Northampton Town in the Carling Cup and was unable to win it back for the home 2-0 victory over Millwall last weekend.

“That was fair enough as the team did well in the cup,” he added.

“I’m loving it here being with a good manager, good staff and good team mates. It’a shame I’m cup tied having played against Arsenal in the third round of the Carling Cup, but that’s the way football goes sometimes.”

Livermore should have netted in stoppage time against Millwall striking the post and the shooting the rebound over an open goal.

“The ball came back quickly and got behind my feet,” he said. “But a goal will come.

“It’s important that midfielders chip in with goals and I think we’ve got that ability all over the park.”

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