Report: Tottenham's Andros Townsend considering future away from White Hart Lane

Tottenham's Andros Townsend is considering his future at White Hart Lane, amid speculation linking him with Aston Villa.

According to ESPN, Andros Townsend is considering his future at Tottenham with a number of clubs believed to be weighing up moves for him this summer.

The 24-year-old is eager to be sure of playing first-team football in the run-up to next summer's European Championship finals in France and will seek reassurances from manager Mauricio Pochettino over his status at White Hart Lane.

Despite his lack of regular action in the Argentine's starting line-up, Townsend has remained a key member of Roy Hodgson's England squad and started their last Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia last month.

ESPN's report suggests strong interest from Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood, who is a big fan of Townsend having worked with him at Tottenham. Following a promising conclusion to the previous campaign, the Villans chief is looking to bolster his attacking arsenal by acquiring the services of the 24-year-old.

Meanwhile, North-East rivals Newcastle and Sunderland are also actively said to be monitoring the winger's situation. 

What do the stats say?

Townsend was in and out of Pochettino's Tottenham side last season, making 17 appearances in the Premier League - just 10 of which were starts. However, despite a significant lack of game-time, the England international found the back of the net on two occasions - as many times as his main competition Erik Lamela - while weighing in with 13 key passes. 

The Spurs winger loves to shoot from long-range but this hasn't impacted his overall accuracy. Indeed, he was accurate from 67% of his attempts at goal last term - the joint-highest rate at White Hart Lane - while converting 16.7% of his total chances. Meanwhile, he saw success in 81% of his passes and 42% of his attempted dribbles.

Judging by what Tottenham fans have been saying in the past year, though, many will likely welcome Townsend's departure...

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