Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has admitted that he is not playing well enough to feature in the Premier League.
The England international struggled with fitness issues last season, but he has now fully recovered and has played in competitive fixtures this campaign.
The 23-year-old has started twice in the League Cup and three times in the Europa League, but all of his three appearances in the Premier League have been as a substitute.
Townsend is probably frustrated at not playing regularly in the English top flight, but he has made a remarkably honest and mature self-evaluation of his position in Mauricio Pochettino’s team.
'I know maybe at the moment I’m not playing well enough to break into the Premier League side, but I’m feeling better and better and felt sharp tonight, got some good crosses in and hopefully it will all fall into place', Tottenham's official website quotes him as saying. 'I just have to keep working hard and be ready when I'm called upon'.
Townsend was speaking following Tottenham’s 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday.
The Englishman was on the pitch for 81 minutes and gave a good account of himself against Championship outfit Brighton.
Townsend remains an important player in the Spurs team, but he needs to step up as the season progresses. Competition for places is fierce at Tottenham, and he must make the most of the chances he gets.