Andros Townsend has sung the praises of former Tottenham winger, Noni Madueke, after the youngster made his debut for England’s Under-21s against Portugal last week.
Madueke was thought of very highly at Spurs, making his debut for the club’s Under-18s when he was just 15 years of age.
However, the winger rejected Tottenham’s contract offer and decided to join PSV Eindhoven in 2018 to get a clearer pathway into the first-team.
The teenager has established himself in the Eredivisie giants’ starting eleven this season and his performances have reportedly attracted interest from Bayern Munich, Leeds United and Crystal Palace.
The 19-year-old was handed his first cap for the Young Lions by Aidy Boothroyd on Sunday and although he looked quite dangerous, it was not a debut to remember for the youngster as England fell to a 2-0 loss.
Townsend has now revealed that Madueke was not happy with his role in the Tottenham academy.
The Crystal Palace man, who also came through the ranks at the North London club, spoke to Sky Sports during their live coverage of England U21’s European Championship defeat to Portugal (as relayed by HITC).
He said: “When you are young as well, I think he’s 19, there’s no fear, no nerves and just excitement.
“He was at Spurs academy. He wasn’t happy with his role and wanted to go and play first-team football. And went out to Holland.
“I think he will be pleased (with his debut). I think we struggled to get him on the ball as much as we would have liked to.
“I think when he did get the ball. When he did isolate the fullback one v one, which is rare in today’s game, but when he did isolate, he predominately got the beating of the guy.”
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