There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Andros Townsend after the winger limped out of our 2-1 defeat to West Ham with a hamstring problem. Some prognoses suggest that the England international faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines while others claim he could be back in a Spurs shirt within a month.

As is always the case with hamstring strains / tears, it’s difficult to tell but how much will Andros be missed? After forcing his way into the first team and becoming a regular under Andre Villas-Boas, Townsend made his full international debut and looked set for a memorable season.

However, there was constant criticism – backed up at times by statistics – that a lack of an end product should result in a spell on the bench.

When Aaron Lennon returned to full fitness that’s exactly what happened with Andros dropping to out of the starting XI for the last few matches. There is a view that he is of better value to the squad as an impact player – coming off that subs bench with a fresh and fast pair of legs in the final stages.

Bit with Tim Sherwood reverting to 4-4-2 and hinting at a more attacking style of play, will the loss of Andros Townsend be a much bigger blow to his plans?

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  1. Bad for Townsend and England, better for THFC & Lamela. Townsend has been sub-par when it comes to his end product. Time has come for Lamela to take a stab at it.

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