Southampton were reportedly keen on signing Townsend last summer, and should Tottenham have accepted the offer?
According to Sky Sports, Saints head coach Ronald Koeman was keen on signing Townsend last summer, although he wrote off any deal when the transfer window drew to a close.
It was a surprise to see the interest, and even more of a surprise to see Tottenham would not accept a deal for the 23-year-old winger.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but considering the lack of progress made by Townsend this season, the question has to be asked as to whether Spurs missed an opportunity by not chasing in on the English international last summer.
Townsend is a player whose reputation was built off one month of good form and a strong England performance, although he has done to little show his abilities in the last year.
A lack of vision and finesse characterise his game, and, although a hard worker, it looks unlikely that he will ever cross the boundary from good to great.
This season, especially, he has endured something of a major downturn, registering just 16 Premier League appearances to his name, and only scoring two goals. He has not bought into Mauricio Pochettino’s system to great effect, and has suffered a major loss in value.
Whilst the Saints were fighting to steal him from White Hart Lane last summer, it does not look like Spurs will be able to flog the winger now, with few clubs likely to be interested in him.
The North London club missed a chance to sell Townsend last summer, when his stock was at its highest. Whether Pochettino thought he could get the best out of the winger, or he saw potential there that has yet to be reached, remains to be seen, but right now, it certainly looks like Tottenham made a mistake to not sell Townsend last summer - when Southampton were clamouring for the England international’s services.