Townsend has had a peripheral role for Spurs since Mauricio Pochettino took charge, but when given an opportunity he hasn't truly seized it, by his own admission.
The England international has made 20 appearances across all competitions for the Lilywhites this season, but his inconsistency has been a frustration.
“When you have just got back into the team, it is important to keep playing well and when you do play badly it’s doubly disappointing,” Townsend admitted to the Tottenham Journal.
The 23-year-old was handed another chance to impress against Burnley in the FA Cup last night, though, and Townsend was far happier with his display.
The flying winger was a constant threat to the Burnley defence, helping his side to a 4-2, and he is hoping that he will now nail down a place in the team.
“I think I knew the manager would rotate last night, I knew I would get my chance to show him what I can do," he said. "Thankfully I have done that and hopefully I can get another run-out on Saturday.
“Of course there is a chance for me [to stake my claim]. But even with Erik out, there’s Nacer [Chadli], there’s Danny [Rose], who played on the left last night, there’s Paulinho, who can play out there, [Christian] Eriksen can play out there. So there’s competition for places.”
There were rumours that Townsend could have been heading out of White Hart Lane in the January transfer window, but Pochettino appears to have been convinced that he can still perform a function in the squad, according to the Daily Mail.
Townsend's future may have been saved at the expense of Aaron Lennon's though, as the more experienced wide-man is nearing a move to Stoke City according to the London Evening Standard.