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ANDROS TOWNSEND: IN PROFILE

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22:53 31st January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Introducing our latest signing, England under-21 ace Andros Townsend …

LATEST QPR signing Andros Townsend is a graduate of the successful Tottenham Hotspur academy.

The left-footed midfielder, who has represented England at all junior age levels, joined Spurs in 2007 and quickly established himself in their under-18 and reserve sides before heading out on loan to League One club Yeovil Town at the back end of the 2008/09 season.

That spell was enough to convince Leyton Orient to take him on loan at the start of the 2009/10 campaign, and he shone in a struggling side, scoring one of the contenders for Goal of the Season against his former club Yeovil with a fine solo effort.

Halfway through the season he joined MK Dons in their push for the play-off places, scoring twice in nine appearances, before being recalled to the Lane.

By the start of the 2010/11 season, he signed a new contract until 2013 and it was clear that he was ready to make the step-up to Championship level, doing so with Ipswich Town on loan.

However, he found it hard to hold down a regular place in Roy Keane’s side, making just 13 appearances and scoring one goal before returning to the Lane.

He was handed his senior debut in Spurs’ FA Cup Third Round tie with Charlton Athletic at the Lane in January 2011 - and he took his chance with both hands, scoring the opener in the 3-0 win and earning the man of the match award.

Townsend was a regular in the Lilywhites’ Europa League campaign in 2011/12, making six appearances, four starts and scoring in a 4-0 at Shamrock Rovers in December. 

In the second half of last season, he joined Leeds United and then Birmingham City on loan, playing his part as the Blues reached the play-offs in the Championship. He played 15 times for the Blues.

He made his first Premier League appearance of this season as a second half substitute against Reading, before featuring versus Lazio in the Europa League.

To date this campaign, he has made 10 appearances in all competitions.

Townsend has two England under-21 caps to his name, having made his debut for the Young Lions against Serbia in October 2012.

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