Kyle Walker identifies main threat for Tottenham v Crystal Palace
By Dominic Toner
Kyle Walker believes his former team-mate Andros Townsend will cause a problem when the pair face each other this weekend.
Tottenham host Crystal Palace on Saturday in the Premier League and the England pair are set to line up in direct competition.
Spurs will be looking for their first three points of the season after earning a 1-1 draw against Everton in the opening round of league fixtures.
Walker, 26, has revealed that he expects Townsend to give him a tough game and admits it is difficult to defend against his style.
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“I think we all know the qualities that Andros has got,” Walker told the club’s website.
“I played with him here for a while and then with England at international level so we all know what he can do. He’s a fantastic dribbler, a good ball carrier and he can shoot with either foot so he’s a danger man for them but hopefully we can deal with him as a team.
“It’s difficult to defend against his style. Whether he’s playing on my side or on the other side, your centre-midfielder has to come across and try to cut off that space if he’s going to come in and shoot. Hopefully I can get him running back the other way and make him do the things he doesn’t want to do.”
Midfielder Townsend came through the Spurs academy system to earn his first professional contract in 2008.
Much of Townsend’s seven and a half years at Spurs following that were spent away from White Hart Lane on loan, before he was sold to Newcastle in January for £13million.
Winger Townsend emerged as a key figure in Newcastle’s survival bid under Benitez and his record of four goals in 13 Premier League games for the club was enough to earn him a place in England’s provisional 26-man squad for Euro 2016.
Spurs right-back Walker did make the eventual 23-man squad and also played a crucial role in the club’s title bid last season.
In other Tottenham team news, Teddy Sheringham has given Harry Kane advice on how to be the match winner against Palace.