Andros Townsend’s clash with the Spurs fitness trainer Nathan Gardiner has seen him miss out on a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for tomorrow’s match against Anderlecht.

In his pre-match press conference today, Pochettino confirmed that Townsend had been punished for his actions.

“He did not train with the group. He is not available to be selected.

“It’s because of Monday. If you behave the wrong way you always need to pay.

“I can understand because I was a player and when you don’t play you’re unhappy and sometimes your expectation is bigger than the manager provides you.

“But it was not normal behaviour. He is young and you need to understand that it isn’t the way to impress the manager.”

Townsend’s future at the club was already up for debate and looks set to intensify with the January window looming. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news.



  1. Townsend was obviously pissed off that Onomah was used as the sub not him. But thats the managers decision. And Townsend is falling down the pecking order…..behind Lamela, Chadli, Clinton, and probably Pritchard and now Onomah too…..with Oduwa due back next season too. Do we need Townsend? Doubtful and will we miss him? Occasionally but not enough.