Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Danny Murphy explained on talkSPORT that Andros Townsend will have to up his game at White Hart Lane next season.
Murphy suggested that there’s a reason that Townsend is in and out of the Tottenham first team under Mauricio Pochettino and until he nails down a starting role under the Argentine, he can’t expect to push for a start under Roy Hodgson with England.
“For me I like him, but there’s a reason he’s on the bench for Tottenham every week. Pochettino watches him in training every day and he’s not putting him in the side so there’s a reason for that,” he said.
“If you’re on the bench for Tottenham then you can’t be a starter for England, I’m sorry, that’s just the way it is.”
Townsend made ten starts in the Premier League last season, with seven appearances off the bench, which is a stat that he definitely won’t be happy with.
He’s got the pace and natural balance to be able to solve a problem on Tottenham’s left hand side next season, but needs to be backed by the boss.
According to WhoScored, Pochettino preferred to use Townsend at right midfield last season, cutting inside and onto his left foot. Whether that’s the best way for the boss to use him is open to debate.
The way for him to turnaround Pochettino’s thinking is with a good pre-season and with good performances in the club’s pre-season friendlies.
He’s also got to work hard in terms of his fitness, getting himself ahead of his Tottenham teammates in pre-season training, which will put him into the back of Pochettino’s mind.
Tottenham do arguably need another winger to come into the squad, but Townsend has to work hard to preserve, and improve on, his position in the pecking order.