It's been a rough start to the season for Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend. The 24-year-old couldn't be having a more opposite start compared to this time last year when he had played well enough to get a call up from Roy Hodgson to the England National Team. It seemed as though the product from our youth academy was on a fast track to taking that next step and cementing himself as a regular in the Starting XI.
Today, the Mirror have suggested that Andros may be forced to a move away from North London after he was an unused sub in Spurs 3-1 victory over Aston Villa. Here's one portion of the article that lays out the situation:
Andros Townsend could be forced to consider quitting Tottenham in January.
The England winger, 24, is fed up with playing a peripheral role under Mauricio Pochettino - after the club priced him out of a move away during the summer.
While Townsend has remained loyal to the north Londoners, he has not yet made a single start in the Premier League.
As a result he has become increasingly frustrated and, in European Championship year, he could be ready to seek first-team action elsewhere.
This is reasonable enough. Andros has made just seven appearances this season, and only three of those have been in league play with no starts as he has found himself being passed over for the likes of Clinton N'Jie, Heung-Min Son, and Mousa Dembele. Even with the injuries having backed up a bit for Spurs, Townsend couldn't get action on Monday as Pochettino opted to go with youngster Josh Onomah towards the end of the Villa match. To Poche's credit, Onomah played well and was a part of the build-up in the final goal that was Kane's dagger to solidify all three points.
If we need to look any farther at Townsend's frustration, a story broke out after the victory last night of Andros being involved in an altercation with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner, which the Mirror article touches on, but was mainly talked about in the Daily Mail.
As is customary for substitutes that do not get on, Townsend emerged for light session on the pitch after the rest of the players headed into the dressing room to celebrate their victory.
The 24-year-old did not look in the best mood as he and Gardiner seemed to have a heated exchange.
The Spurs fitness coach was pictured grabbing hold of Townsend's arm during the apparent disagreement before the pacey winger pushed Gardiner and pulled himself away.
The pair were also seen shouting in each others' direction as Townsend ran from one side of a pitch to the other before heading back down the tunnel to join the rest of the squad.
Not exactly great news, but you have to feel for Andros as this time last year, he was finding regular first team action easy to come by. Now, it appears that after multiple transfer rumors had him linked away from White Hart Lane this summer, it could actually happen in January. The big thing is that Andros absolutely wants to play because of the European Championships coming up in the summer. It will be extremely difficult for him to crack into the England National Team if he's riding the bench in North London.
We'll keep an eye on the situation, but this is entirely plausible. It could be the beginning of the end, or this could be a turning point and both Andros and Poche have a sit-down about his future. Remember, there were plenty of rumors of Mousa Dembele wanting to leave and him and Poche worked out their differences, eventually coming to an understanding. For now, things are not great for Townsend and the writing may very well be on the wall.