Andros Townsend has certainly turned some heads with his play this season for Tottenham. Enough so, in fact, that the London club has decided to sign him to a new, four-year contract.
From Tottenham's official Twitter account:
Townsend tweeted the following after signing the contract:
Delighted to have signed a new contract with spurs! The perfect end to the perfect week!! Now let's get 3points on Sunday! #coys #2018— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) October 18, 2013
In eight appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, Townsend has notched a goal and ripped off 26 shots from his position on the wing. Gareth Bale he is not, but WhoScored.com has given him a 7.5 match rating in Premier League play, a very solid mark.
Townsend made 10 appearances for Tottenham a year ago before being sent on loan to Queens Park Rangers in January, where he appeared 12 times, registering two goals and an assist.
But this season, it's become apparent that he is a key figure in Spurs' post-Bale plans, alongside newcomers like Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho, among others.
He's recently been in the news for a more controversial topic, however, as it came to light that England manager Roy Hodgson made a joke about a "space monkey" when referring to Townsend during halftime of England's World Cup qualifier against Poland on Tuesday.
James Dickenson of the Express explains the context of the joke that Hodgson used to explain to his team why they should get Townsend the ball more in space on the pitch:
The joke is one that became popular in US space agency NASA in the 1960s and 1970s after it sent monkeys into space before humans.
One version of the joke is that the first time NASA sends a man up into space a monkey goes with him and does all the skilled technical jobs inside the rocket. Finally the astronaut gets frustrated and radios NASA to ask what he should do.
NASA replies: "Don't touch anything—just feed the monkey."
Townsend has since tweeted his feelings on the matter:
I don't know what all this fuss is about. No offence was meant and none was taken! It's not even news worthy!— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) October 17, 2013
That controversy—or non-controversy, depending on whom you ask—aside, Townsend is a bright young star for Tottenham and should be causing opposing fullbacks grief for years to come. Tottenham's investment in his future certainly appears to be a sound decision.