5 Dribbles, 1 goal, 1 assist: Tottenham star Andros Townsend's display pivotal in West Ham pursuit

Andros Townsend starred as Tottenham beat Asteras Tripoli.

Andros Townsend played a key role as Tottenham beat Asteras Tripoli 2-1 in the Europa League.

The winger was linked with a transfer to West Ham last week by The Telegraph, but made a real case last night for Spurs to keep him at White Hart Lane.

The England international won and scored a penalty, before crossing the ball in for Harry Kane to score the club's second.

His performance was a message to his head coach Mauricio Pochettino that he deserves to play more, and his suitors will have viewed it with interest.

Townsend made five successful dribbles, created three chances, and completed 88 per cent of his passes. His wayward shooting was even kept at a minimum, with only one shot off target all night.

Pochettino has only selected him in four Premier League matches this season, each time as a substitute, culminating in a total of 109 minutes of football.

The 23-year-old may wonder, if he can't get in the side after last night, what more he has to do to get a look in.

There is just under two months until the transfer window closes, and Townsend will understand he can't continue like he has been.

It's why last night's performance could be pivotal in determining his future.

Pochettino may have been convinced to begin giving him a more prominent role, but if he does not, then Townsend's question marks over where he will play in the future will only grow.

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