Alan Hutton has lauded Everton signing free agent Andros Townsend, offering insight into his resolute professionalism as a player.

Hutton briefly trained with Townsend at Everton when the 30-year-old was a teenager breaking through at Spurs and saw his unwavering commitment to self-improvement and maintenance even at a young age.

The English right-winger was free agent following the expiration of his deal with fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, where he spent the previous five years of his career.

His spell away from the English top flight was short-lived, with Townsend one of Rafa Benitez’ first signings at Goodison Park as he penned a two-year deal.

According to Hutton, Townsend is a self-disciplinarian that is teetotal and would keep to a strict healthy sleep schedule.

His ‘meticulous’ attitude was labelled as the sign of a ‘rare breed’ of player – one strictly focused on their career in body and mind.

Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton shed light on the type of player Everton fans were getting:

“I’ve known Andros a long time,” Hutton noted.

“He’s meticulous in everything that he does to look after himself. He always has been that way since he was a kid.

“Even then, he could have only been about 18. He was like a 36-year-old in an 18-year-old’s body.

“Andros wouldn’t stay up past 10 o’clock, he’d have to get a certain amount of hours of sleep. He would watch what he ate, he doesn’t drink alcohol, the whole works.

“Everything is really geared towards his football career. You don’t get many people like that that are that focused and driven.

“I really do think that’s a good move.”

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The versatile attacker – who has also featured on the left side at Palace – is a 13-cap England international with three goals for his country.

He managed 16 goals and 28 assists in a Palace shirt across 185 appearances since his 2016 move from then-relegated side Newcastle.

Fans will hope his professionalism and indomitable work ethic off the pitch will prove infectious with the squad, helping to form a well-oiled and dogged team unit under the tutelage of Benitez.