Neil Warnock has suggested that Andros Townsend needs to play on his natural side for Tottenham.
Former Crystal Palace and Leeds United manager Neil Warnock told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT has suggested a slight tactical change that Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino could make concerning Andros Townsend.
Townsend started the League Cup final yesterday and seemed to be the perfect player to take advantage of the open space at Wembley and attack Chelsea with his pace. However, he was pulled off after an hour with Spurs chasing the game.
“With Andros Townsend, it takes that split second longer for him to get the ball onto his left foot and shoot (when he plays on the right),” said Warnock.
“It’s also difficult for strikers to get on the end and score when the cross is coming in unnaturally.”
Townsend has shown promise in terms of cutting inside to make the most of his powerful left foot but it’s reasonable to suggest that he could weigh in with more assists if he plays down the left.
Any experience and clever side in a tactical sense will find ways of stopping Townsend from cutting inside and having shots with his left football and Chelsea gradually took him out of the game yesterday.
Warnock seems to be implying that Pochettino should stick Townsend down the left for a few games to see if he can have more impact on games.
He could create a brilliant partnership with Danny Rose down that side of the team and Tottenham would have two of the quickest left sided players around.
It’s also a change which would decrease the need for Rose to fly forward and overlap with the left sided player tucking inside, which would make Spurs less vulnerable on the counter attack and harder to break down on that side.
Surely it’s worth a try.