Could the return of 21-year-old Spurs midfielder be the end of Andros Townsend?

Andros Townsend could face tough competition for a spot in the Tottenham Hotspur team next season, judging by the form of Brentford loanee Alex Pritchard.

Andros Townsend was arguably the most disappointing member of the Tottenham Hotspur side that lost to Chelsea in the League Cup Final on Sunday, and he could face a fight to keep his place in the squad for next season.

Townsend, who turns 24 in July, will need to end the season in emphatic form if he is going to prove to manager Mauricio Pochettino that he is worthy of a key role in the Spurs side next season.

The England international has been largely disappointing for the past two seasons now, barring the odd performance, and continues to divide fans who can't agree whether he is worthy of a future at White Hart Lane.

This season, Townsend has played just 445 minutes of Premier League football with just one goal and one assist to show for his time on the pitch. In fact, in all competitions, Townsend has registered just four goals and two assists in 26 appearances – a record that he clearly needs to improve. 

Can Alex Pritchard’s return see Townsend made surplus to requirements?

In the summer, Pochettino has the chance to run the rule over perhaps the most impressive Spurs loanee this season, Alex Pritchard.

The 21-year-old, who turns 22 in May, has seven goals and six assists in 34 Championship games this season and has been one of most integral components in the Bees’ surprise push for promotion.

Although Pritchard has been mainly used as a central attacking player for Mark Warburton's side, his versatility could prove to be a worry for Townsend as competition for places is set to heat up once more.

According to a Daily Mail report in December, Spurs rejected an offer from Brentford to take the youngster on a permanent deal as they see a future for him at the club.

Following on from Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb’s success, it’s no surprise Pritchard could be on Pochettino’s radar given his performance out on loan. However, if he were to come into the first-team squad, it would certainly raise questions over the future of Townsend.

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