When he burst on to the scene at the beginning of the Premier League season in 2013, the sky was the limit for Andros Townsend. Now, after a series of both on-field and off-field problems, his only future appears to be away from White Hart Lane.
After an impressive start to the 2013/14 season, Townsend gained his first England call-up. His goal on his full debut earned him the man of the match award against Montenegro. He was seen as The Three Lions’ next big thing, and like so many before him, failed to live up to the billing. The 24-year-old’s style made him the perfect fit for both England and Spurs. He was very direct with the ball at his feet and could come up with goals and assists out of nothing.
He never really built on this progress. Ever since his lightening start, Townsend always appeared to be trying to do too much on the ball, and never really seemed to know what he wanted to do with the ball.
The winger was also never given a long run in the Tottenham side due to injuries. His recent career may have been very different had he not picked up an ankle injury that ruled him out of the World Cup, a tournament which Roy Hodgson had been expected to pick him for.
Townsend hasn’t always helped his own case with his attitude off the field of play. He was seen having a very public row with Tottenham fitness coach Nathan Gardiner following his side’s victory over Aston Villa, which led to Mauricio Pochettino suspending him from the Tottenham first team, making him unavailable for two matches.
The January transfer window will come as a relief to the England man, who has made only two league appearances for Spurs this season, both from the bench. If he wants to get back to playing his best football, and eventually get himself back into the England team, he needs to make a move. Watford are currently favourites for his signature, and they would be a good team for him to sign for. However, if any mid-table Premier League side make him an offer that would mean regular first team football, he should accept it.
He clearly possesses enough talent to be a very good Premier League winger, he just needs the chance to prove it, and having fallen behind Heung-min Son and Nacer Chadli in the pecking order, he won’t get that chance at Tottenham. His only option is to leave the capital, fast.
He is still only 24 years of age, so has plenty of time to resurrect his career. He will be given the chance to leave Tottenham in January, he has to take it.