ESPN have claimed that Andros Townsend is considering his future at Spurs, having been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this summer.
Aston Villa, Newcastle and Sunderland have all been suggested as destinations for the England winger, for a potential fee in the region of £15m.
It looks as if Villa could have that sort of money to burn if they sell Christian Benteke, with Tim Sherwood a known admirer of Townsend. What once seemed like an unlikely sounding possibility now has the potential to become a dilemma for Tottenham.
Townsend has yet to deliver the goods for Spurs on a consistent basis and only ten of his 17 Premier League appearances were starts last season.
The alternative to Townsend – Erik Lamela – is also something of an enigma. Is it better to let them fight it out in the hope that one will blossom, or sell Townsend when given the chance and bring in a new face?
An issue with selling Townsend is the fact that the club have already sold a large number of players this summer, with more set to leave. Townsend would have to be replaced at a time when the club still requires at least three players, unless of course the management think that DeAndre Yedlin could shoulder the responsibility of covering for Lamela.
Our stance is that both he and Lamela deserve another season to prove themselves. Both have the ability to make it, with their decision making proving to be the biggest fault in their game.
A fee of £15m would be tempting for a player that might not be up to the standard required at White Hart Lane, but allowances should be made for homegrown players to develop. Especially ones who on their day can do things like this.