The fallout from Andros Townsend's confrontation with a Tottenham Hotspur fitness coach after Monday's Aston Villa match continues. Today, Sky Sports' Tottenham beat journalist Lyall Thomas is tweeting that Andros has been dropped from Spurs' squad set to face Anderlecht in the Europa League on Thursday.
Townsend didn't train this morning and will not be allowed to take part in the squad v Anderlecht tmo after breaching club discipline #THFC— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) November 4, 2015
He's been suspended in all but name after clashing with fitness coach during warm down on Monday. More on SSNHQ now #THFC— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) November 4, 2015
MP: "He doesn't play because of Monday. You behave in the wrong way, always you need to pay. There is consequence. Dicipline is important."— Lyall Thomas (@SkySportsLyall) November 4, 2015
Andros has reportedly been increasingly upset by his lack of playing time and inclusion in Mauricio Pochettino's first teams plans this season, and it seems to have boiled over after Poche decided to bring on young winger Josh Onomah in the waning moments of the Aston Villa match instead of him. He was photographed having some sort of altercation with Tottenham fitness coach Nathan Gardiner in the post-match cool-downs. His omission from the squad seems to be related to this incident.
Townsend probably feels as though he's being misused at Spurs, especially since he's being used only sparingly but is regularly selected for England by Roy Hodgson. And he could be right. However, this probably isn't helping his case any. If anything, this is going to be more fodder for rumors that he's ready to leave White Hart Lane and will be angling for the exit door as soon as this January, either on loan or by permanent transfer. Spurs reportedly were in negotiations to sell Andros a couple of times in the waning days of the summer transfer window, and it seems like there'd be any number of clubs that would be happy to take him for the right price.