Tottenham Hotspur summer spending spree continued today with the confirmation they had signed Etienne Capoue from Toulouse in a deal worth around £8.6 million. It has proved a busy week of outgoings too, with Scott Parker possibly set to join Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in leaving White Hart Lane.
With the central midfield sorted, the main issues left revolve around Gareth Bale, and the make-up of their attack, with the latest speculation seeing Spurs linked with a £8 million move for Blackpool winger Tom Ince.
Ince is an exciting young player, but if Spurs were to sell Andros Townsend as a result of signing the 21-year-old, would they be making the right choice?
Ince has more first team experience than Townsend, having just started his third full season at Blackpool in the Championship. Last year the winger scored 18 times and set up 13 goals en route to winning the Championship Young Player of the Year, and he certainly looks ready to make the step up to the top flight this season.
However Townsend has no shortage of experience himself, having been farmed out on loan many times by Spurs, and has also impressed in the Premier League already.
Townsend made 12 appearances for QPR last season, and despite their relegation the 22-year-old proved he was ready for the challenge of playing in the top flight.
It would be a shame for Spurs to sell Townsend before ever really giving him a chance in their first team, and it would not send a good message to other youngsters out on loan that even if they shine there might not be a place for them at their parent club.
However if Spurs truly believe that Ince is a better player, then they might feel they have to be ruthless now for the benefit of the side. The best option might be to keep both for a season at least, and let them both have a chance to impress in the League Cup of the Europa League early rounds.
Spurs fans, what do you think? Would you sell Townsend if Ince was replacing him?
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