So Steven Caulker has left the club and if Spurs continue to trim their fringe players before the close of the transfer window, Andros Townsend may well join him. The 22 year old has made sporadic appearances for the club since 2009 but proved to an extent that he can cope with life in the Premiership during his loan spell with QPR last season.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Townsend hinted that he is at something of a crossroads as the new season approaches.
“I think I either give it a go at Tottenham, get more game time, or look to move on a more permanent basis,” the winger said.
“I’ve had nine loans now. I enjoy going out on loan because it means I’m playing games.
“I’m not young anymore – I’m 22. In football terms, I’m getting on a bit and I want to play sustained football on a permanent basis.”
Townsend’s immediate future at Spurs is unlikely to depend on whether or not Gareth Bale heads for Real Madrid as the Welshman may well be used in the centre of midfield. However, the arrival of Nacer Chadli does provide another barrier and if Andros is to get the game time he craves then it may be time to move on permanently.