Five destinations for Spurs winger Andros Townsend
Matt Haynes | November 6, 2015
After a reported spat between Andros Townsend and Tottenham’s fitness trainer, it poses the question, could the 24-year-old be on his way out of White Hart Lane?
As a result, Coral compile five possible destinations for the winger in the January transfer window, with the England capped player appearing to have fallen out of favour under the command of boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Hampered by injuries this season, the Cherries campaign has been far from fruitful so far. Adding Townsend to their ranks will provide much-needed guile to their attack. Odds-on at 8/11 to stay up this season, boss Eddie Howe will relish the opportunity to work with Townsend, who he will know could make a dramatic difference, with the player also capable of chipping in with goals.
West Bromwich Albion
Tony Pulis has always liked traditional wingers. At Stoke City he gave the likes of Jermaine Pennant and Matthew Etherington a chance to resurrect their careers as starters, recognising they had one thing which could help transform the Potters; pace.
Whether Townsend likes it or not, he is a Pulis player and he could do a lot worse than move to the Baggies, who can establish themselves as a team who can push for a Europa League place.
While Sam Allardyce has only recently taken over the Black Cats, as ever when he usually takes over a struggling side, his first priority is to sort the defence out. However, there is one template which he has always followed; back to basics.
He likes a 4-5-1 with a well-organised defence, old fashioned wingers and a strong centre forward. Townsend is an Allardyce player, with the latter just the type of person to take the player under his wing.
While the Canaries do have Nathan Redmond, Townsend would give them options and even further injection of pace into a potentially potent attack. It is a tight-knit group at Norwich and Townsend may relish the opportunity to feel part of something, in front of what is always raucous home support.
Dropping down a division may do the winger no harm at all and might even humble him in time. Currently top of the Championship, Hull look certs to bounce back into the Premier League at 4/1, still have parachute payments and a good relationship with Tottenham, having bought quite a few of their players – most notably Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore – in recent years.
Under boss Steve Bruce, Townsend can learn a lot, as well as adapting his game to a different situation, while understanding what it takes to compete for silverware.
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