The only player to score in all four senior competitions we participated in during 2014-15, Andros Townsend hopes last term can serve as a “springboard” for a successful 2015-16 campaign.
Getting off the mark in the Europa League by scoring a penalty in our 3-0 play-off round second leg win over AEL Limassol at White Hart Lane on August 28, the 23-year-old emerged as a reliable option from 12 yards over the course of the season – converting a total of five spot kicks as we battled on all fronts.
A stunning solo effort in a 3-2 Premier League win over Swansea City followed in March, just three days after the winger lined up for us in the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley.
Having also added two more goals to his England tally against San Marino in October and Italy at the end of March, the Academy graduate finished the season having made 35 appearances for us in all competitions.
Now, with the start of pre-season training fast approaching, Andros believes the team is well placed to kick on from last year’s efforts on the pitch...
Thoughts on the season overall?
I think 2014-15 was a positive season and hopefully a springboard for the new campaign. We had a new Head Coach, a new philosophy and a new team, as such. We’re a young side with players coming up from the Academy and three or four of those players have come into the squad and been regular starters like Nabil Bentaleb, Harry Kane and Ryan Mason. We’ve a good core of players who helped us finish fifth and reach the Capital One Cup Final, so that amounts to a positive season and it’s one we’ll look to build on next time.
Your personal highlight of the season?
It would have to be scoring the penalty in the 5-3 win against Chelsea on New Year’s Day.
Plans for the summer?
It’s nice to switch off from everything for a while but it’ll soon be time to get in shape for pre-season. You have to do that, so I’ll come back for pre-season firing on all cylinders.
Thoughts on pre-season?
I really enjoy it, to be honest. I know a lot of people hate it, but I like it.
Hopes for next season?
To be as fit as possible and to show my ability on a consistent basis while trying to nail down a place in the first team. I’m looking for consistency on a personal level and if we can do it as a team as well, because we showed we can do it in certain games last season, who knows where that can take us?
Young midfielder Josh Onomah answered ‘Five questions for summer’ yesterday. Be sure to look out for the next instalment with Tom Carroll over the weekend...