Pochettino confirms Townsend could return; will he ignore Pritchard again?

The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been discussing the fitness of his squad ahead of their Premier League clash with Everton.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed out-of-favour and much-criticised winger Andros Townsend could be fit to return to first-team action for the north London side against Everton this weekend.

And, such has been the poor form of the club's wingers, Townsend may very well be considered by the Argentine for a place in the side.

Whether he is fit enough to start or simply make an appearance from the bench, Spurs need to freshen things up. Erik Lamela has been dire, Nacer Chadli has been criticised for only contributing sporadically throughout a game - and Christian Eriksen is still out injured.

But, if there's anything Tottenham have learned so far this season, it's that turning to old options isn't anywhere near as effective as new ones. And that's exactly where Alex Pritchard comes in.

Indeed, Dele Alli has been superb so far this term - despite Pochettino's best efforts to protect him, or in other words not play him. Tottenham's old charges, however, have largely been disappointing.

Why, then, would turning to a player in Townsend that wasn't good enough to break into the side properly last season work now?

Granted, he could add something different and his direct pace could hurt the Everton back four. But why keep ignoring Pritchard? He is fit enough to play - certainly fitter than Townsend.

As Alli has shown, Spurs' young new first-team squad members - fearless and without the issues that have affected the club's regulars over the years - are their best bet right now. Pritchard, meanwhile, has been linked with a loan move away from White Hart Lane by the Daily Mirror. Without even being allowed to show his worth.

If Pochettino turns to Townsend this weekend ahead of the 22-year-old, then, one would really have to question his judgement.

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