Envision a world in which Erik Lamela is healthy. A new manager comes into Tottenham Hotspur and seriously rates him, as well as Nacer Chadli. Feelers are sent out regarding the potential sale of Aaron Lennon, but absolutely no one wants to bite. In this theoretical situation, could Andros Townsend be for sale?
A few clubs seem to be counting on that. Metro is running a story stating that Everton and Newcastle United are both chasing Townsend and are set to battle it out to sign him. Selling a highly acclaimed young player who came through our youth system and appears to have a significant England future might sound horrifying to some, but is it more horrifying than watch him sit on the bench, only starting Europa League and cup games?
I'm not exactly itching to sell Townsend, but I also don't seem to think as much of him as a lot of people in this community. If his value is very high at the moment -- as in, a team like Everton or Newcastle is willing to write a check with eight figures on it -- I'm not entirely opposed to selling him.
Of course, this is your usual unsourced rumor with no quotes from Metro, so it's more Batcountry than it is believable. But I can definitely envision a situation in which Spurs are willing to field offers for Townsend, and it would be considerably less upsetting to me than last summer's Steven Caulker sale, or a potential Thomas Carroll exit.