Andros Townsend: I can't afford another season like this for Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Andros Townsend knows he needs to improve next season.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has told The Sun he is determined to improve after a poor season for the club.

He is one of the rare players who is perceived to perform better for his country than his club, scoring for England against Italy earlier this year and a permanent fixture in Roy Hodgson's squads when fit.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino is less convinced, picking him in less than half of the club's Premier League games last season, amassing just 751 minutes of football.

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Townsend was rarely effective when he played, notably substituted in the first half at Old Trafford in the 3-0 loss to Manchester United, and says he cannot have a repeat of this past campaign.

He said: "Next season is all about club football for me. I understand I can’t be in and out of my club team and playing well and scoring for England.

“It’s important I hit the ground running like I did two seasons ago, to play week in, week out."

He is worried about his Euro 2016 place, knowing that he risks not being selected if he does not feature for Spurs, but the 23-year-old winger did say that he feels he is getting to grips with what Pochettino wants, and clearly wants to kick on and be a part of the club's future.

“I have matured over the last season. The manager came in at Spurs and wanted us pressing high, wanting us to help the full-backs and make the front four a first line of defence. We have had to work on that side and have definitely improved a lot."

Another poor season and the sad truth for Townsend is he could be ditched by his club boss. The Metro reported over the weekend he could be used in player plus cash swap for Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, which while speculative, is reflective of the situation he could be used as a makeweight if the club look to sign a more dynamic player Pochettino has greater faith in.

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