With rumours still rife about the imminent departure of Gareth and the non appearance now of Will I Am – or at least that is how the least special one called him – it looks as if we may have to find a replacement from within the existing squad afterall.
Step up Andros Townsend.
He has thrilled us in the past, with his direct style and pace but he never had the finish – the end product – much like another young winger in our ranks. But with fine performances on loan at QPR last season he has grown as a man, grown as a player and now on Thursday night he proved that he can not only step into the vacant boots of snr Bale but possible even exceed our expectations.
His Man of the Match performanace was quite stunning. Whereas Bale would only come alive in the last ten minutes driving through a tired defence to score a stunning winner or equaliser, Andros did it from the start. Even before his 50 yard dash and wonderous strike he was terrorising the opposition. For our second he not only turned his marker inside out, but left him sitting on his bum. before looking up, deciding who of Soldado and Paulinho to cross to before planting a delicate chip onto the latter´s head. And he wasn´t finished there – using sheer pace to beat his opponent – and again with time to look up and decide on his options – found Soldado at the near post for number three.
He had a hand in the last two goals as well although slightly more indirectly. As Tblisi became more concerned at his threat down their left flank they double teamed him, leaving space on their right which Chadli used to great effect, setting up Rose – beautiful strike – and Soldado – Mr Right Place Right Time (had me thinking he was a direct replacement for Lineker).
More displays of this nature from AT and we won´t need Bale and we won´t need another signing.
Hot on the heels of that impressive display in a tough arena we entertain Swansalona – fresh from their own 5 goal haul in Europe on Thursday. They will no doubt be bouyed up following that performance especially after their opening day defeat at home to Manure. Having dominated possession for the first quarter of the game only to be cut apart by some clinical finishing, they will want to get their Premiership campaign underway.
They like to play possession football, and in the past against us have had more of the ball in most of our games, but in the four matches played between the two teams over the past two seasons we have won three with the other a draw. They do not travel to London too well, as they have lost, and failed to score in, three of their last four Premier League games away in London.
With both teams in free goalscoring mood in midweek and with both playing attractive possession based soccer it should be a joy to behold – but only if we get the right result.
Game is on Sunday 5pm kick off Spanish time, being shown live at both La Mariposa and Moores bar
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