Burnley FC manager’s praise for England World Cup hopeful Andros Townsend

Clarets boss Sean Dyche is delighted to see England World Cup hopeful Andros Townsend going from strength to strength.

Dyche was assistant manager at Watford in January 2011 when the Hornets signed the winger on loan from Spurs until the end of the season.

England's Andros Townsend (left) and Poland's Kamil Glik battle for the ball. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.

England's Andros Townsend (left) and Poland's Kamil Glik battle for the ball. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.

However, three appearances into that loan, Watford allowed him to return to White Hart Lane.

Townsend played 64 minutes of his Watford debut in a 4-2 defeat at Cardiff, before getting the same game time in a 1-1 draw at home to Crystal Palace.

He was an unused substitute at Nottingham Forest, and on the bench for the 3-1 defeat at home to Burnley, coming on in the 71st minute.

Townsend was on the bench again for a 2-2 draw with Preston, and left out of the 18 altogether for a further two games before his loan deal was terminated.

Then Watford boss Malky Mackay said: “We’re very grateful to Harry Redknapp and the Tottenham staff for their help in arranging this loan. It is a shame it hasn’t worked out for either us or Andros and we wish him well for the future.”

No public explanation was offered, but insufficient application from the then 19-year-old is believed to have played a part.

Redknapp added: “He went to Watford and they ended his loan very quickly. I don’t know why, they didn’t fancy him.”

Dyche is glad the player has taken that experience in his stride and gone from strength to strength: “I make it clear to players when they go out on loan, it’s not always when it goes well that you learn.

“It was interesting for him at Watford, he tried to get into the team ethic, and he had his challenges.

“It didn’t quite work out.

“Malky was manager then, I was the assistant, but I hope Andros looks back on those times and took something from that experience, and every loan he had.

“We took him because he’s got bags of talent. He’s had chance to mature, and can put that experience into the melting pot.

“It all goes to make players more rounded, and sometimes when it hasn’t gone as well, you learn more.

“But he’s delivering really good performances.

“He went into a tough situation with QPR last season and did well, and now he has transferred that form to Spurs and England.

“I’m pleased for him, long may it continue.”