The England international is in the bad books at White Hart Lane after an altercation with Spurs fitness coach Nathan Gardiner on the pitch on Monday night, in the wake of the Lilywhites’ Premier League victory over Aston Villa.
Speaking after the match, Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino revealed that he would not tolerate indiscipline, and that the wideman would play no part in Tottenham’s midweek Europa League bout against Belgian heavyweights Anderlecht.
“When you behave in the wrong way, you need to pay,” Pochettino told a news conference, as per Reuters. “Because of Monday he is not available for selection,” he continued. “I can understand because I was a player and when you don’t play you are not happy.
“But it’s not normal behaviour, not the way to impress the manager. He has a future here. We believe in him and believe he can give us very good things.”
Despite Pochettino’s comments, it remains to be seen what the future holds for a player who has struggled to assert himself in North London so far this season.
While Townsend has started two games in Europe, he is yet to start an EPL match and has made just three substitute appearances in the league so far this term.
According to the Mirror, a handful of Premier League sides are said to be monitoring Townsend’s situation and may look to move for the player in January.
Newcastle United, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are the quartet of sides understood to be eyeing Townsend, although it remains to be seen whether Londoner Townsend would be willing to end his long-standing tie with Spurs.
Perhaps this recent controversy will prompt the Londoner to move for the good of his career, in order to seek regular first-team football and a new start at another EPL side.