The 22-year-old has also been likened to former Spurs team-mate Gareth Bale and is flattered by the praise, but he is determined to carve out his own identity.
"It's wonderful when people say such things but football is a tough world - and as quickly as you can be flavour of the month, you are only ever one or two bad games away from being slated," Townsend said in The Sun.
"These top players have been performing consistently for years at the highest level. If I ever achieve half as much as these players, I will be very happy.
"To be the new Bale, the new Robben, the new Aaron Lennon, is not something I strive for.
"I want to achieve things in the game like them - but ultimately I want to make my own name in the game and be Andros Townsend."
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