In the eyes of Mauricio Pochettino and his increasingly impressive Tottenham Hotspur outfit, the 2015/16 campaign has certainly begun in rather promising fashion. Many of their big name players have finally started expressing their full potential for once, and the club seemed to have reached a state of stability that has rarely been witnessed at White Hart Lane for quite some time now.
In addition to such a promising start, many have even raised their expectations surrounding what Tottenham are actually capable of achieving this term. Pochettino’s side currently sit fifth in the league with only one single loss to their name after all, so where they push on from here looks like anyone’s guess at the minute…
However, life in North London hasn’t exactly proven profitable for every Spurs player currently operating at the club of course. For someone like Andros Townsend in particular – a decent player on his day with a fair degree of potential still under his belt – the going has proven especially tough.
As the 24-year-old England international has seemingly witnessed his career hit a brick wall whilst operating at White Hart Lane, does he really have a future under Pochettino beyond the current season, or should Tottenham look to part ways with the winger as early as the January transfer window?
Well, although a string of initial injury complaints did in-fact afflict the midfielder during the start of the 2015/16 campaign, it remains difficult to explain just what has happened to Andros Townsend recently, and where the player himself can ultimately go from here. After experiencing a reported fall-out behind the scenes at Tottenham in recent weeks, the 24-year-old’s future seems somewhat unclear.
Whilst the quick-footed wide-man has clearly struggled to establish himself as a first team regular at White Hart Lane in recent years, Townsend nonetheless impressed greatly when sent out on loan to QPR a handful of seasons down the line, and always seems to do the business for the Three Lions when handed a rare starting opportunity under Roy Hodgson. He is a player who has certainly shown promise in the final third – but through a general lack of consistency on a week-to-week basis – equally hasn’t reached his full potential as of yet.
And at the age of 24-years-old, that may come as slightly worrying news to the player in question. Andros Townsend is no youngster anymore after all. If he doesn’t start finding some much needed first team action in the Premier League sooner rather than later, general football fans in this country could soon be forgetting his name just when the peak years of his career were finally beginning to arrive.
Although Mauricio Pochettino may well feel comfortable with the fact that he can effectively call upon a substitute as potentially influential as Townsend this season, the England international might want to consider his options this January in order to revitalize his footballing career. Opportunities seemingly arrive as somewhat of a premium in the Premier League these days, so the current Spurs bench-warmer may need to act while he still has the chance…
As Tottenham already play host to the likes of Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli and Heung-Min Son in the attacking areas of the pitch, it’s ultimately hard to imagine just where Townsend is supposed to fit in under Pochettino. Despite often showing glimpses of talent during his fluctuating time with the club, the undoubtedly pacey wide-man seems to have paid the price for his admitted inconsistency problems in the past, and lack of final product on a week-to-week basis.
Therefore, although part of Tottenham’s success in 2015/16 has definitely been built upon the impressive strength in depth available at White Hart Lane this term, Andros Townsend should arguably move elsewhere this January to help re-establish himself back among the English top-flight, as well as with England on the international scene.