Andros Townsend names ex-Spurs defensive pair as the best he has faced

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Former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has named Kyle Walker and Danny Rose as the toughest opponents he has come up against in his career.

Walker and Rose made the full-back positions their own for a number of years in North London and built up the reputation of being among the best in their position.

They excelled particularly after Mauricio Pochettino took over at the club and were always a major threat bombing down the flanks when Spurs challenged for the title under the Argentine’s stewardship.

The two England internationals were arguably at their peak in the final season at White Hart Lane before Walker departed that summer to Manchester City.

Rose never quite managed to reach his previous levels after picking up a series of injuries, with the club’s decision to loan him out to Newcastle last month hardly coming as a surprise.

Townsend talked about the difficulty of facing Rose and Walker in training at Tottenham and claimed that it helped shape him into the player he is today.

Speaking to White & Sawyer on TalkSport (26/02/20 at 12:50 pm),: “Danny Rose and Kyle Walker [are the two most difficult I have played against]. When I was at Spurs, I had to train against them every day.

“It was literally a battle because they are both quick and strong. We used to kick each other and we used to have so many battle scars from it. But I think off the back of that, it has probably made me a better player.”

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In many respects, our decline began when we lost the iconic Rose/Walker partnership and we have never quite managed to replace them with full-backs of similar quality since. I believe we need to sign a left-back as well as a right-back in the summer to push Aurier and Davies.

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