El Tel always felt Townsend was capable of being something special.
"All those loan periods count for nothing," said Venables.
"It didn't matter whether he had been to one club or a hundred, the only thing he should be judged on is how he plays in any particular game.
"The fact is he has a lot of things going for him.
"Andros has fantastic awareness and his raw pace is always going to make it difficult for defenders.
"He has this ability to hug the touchline, go fast, but still have time to look up to see what he wants to hit in the middle.
"Even when he runs out of space, he has a repertoire of other crosses in his locker; cut-backs, back post, near post.
"It is still early for him but we are all excited about the future because of the performances he has put in."
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