Man Utd legend Neville: Townsend learned from every loan experience

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says the nine clubs Andros Townsend spent time with away on-loan was the making of the Tottenham winger.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says the nine clubs Andros Townsend spent time with away on-loan was the making of the Tottenham winger.

Neville wrote in the Mail on Sunday: "You wouldn’t normally think that number of loan moves that Andros has had — nine in four years — would be ideal. Some of them will have been difficult periods and some of them would have been good. But I’m sure they all contributed to toughening his character.

"You might think that playing at Leyton Orient and Millwall can hardly prepare you for playing for England at Wembley. But that is where you learn to be a professional.

"People talk about the challenge of playing in front of huge crowds, the atmospheres of Anfield, Elland Road or Galatasaray, some of the most hostile I have experienced. But what’s equally intimidating is playing in front of few thousand people where when you can hear every single shout from each individual fan."

 
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