Three key reasons Tottenham's Andros Townsend must seek an exit in January

Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend’s future at Tottenham Hotspur looks bleak.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has a big decision to make ahead of the January transfer window as he continues to be left on the sidelines at White Hart Lane.

The 24-year-old’s Spurs career started so well, with a string of fine displays leading to a regular spot in Roy Hodgson’s England team - where he left quite an impression.

However, under current Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Townsend has lost his way somewhat and made just 10 Premier League starts last season, scoring twice.

His future has been heavily speculated on, and Sunderland, Leicester City and Aston Villa opted not to follow up initial summer enquires after balking at his £15million price tag, as reported by the Mirror.

Townsend will undoubtedly be linked with moves away from the club again in January, and here are three reasons why he should look for a way out of White Hart Lane.

Euro 2016:

With Euro 2016 now a matter of months away, his only hope of being included in the England squad surely depends on him heading into the tournament in good club form.

Townsend has projected the idea that donning the England jersey brings about a real sense of achievement, suggesting that he would be willing to move clubs in order to aid his international career.

Competition for places:

Townsend’s path to a regular spot at White Hart Lane became all the more difficult following the late summer signings of forwards Clinton N’Jie and Heung-Son Min.

With Pochettino keen to promote youth as much as possible, expect Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli to be considered for a first-team spot before the former Queens Park Rangers loan star.

Development:

Despite Townsend’s numerous loan moves and international recognition, it’s worth noting that he is still only 24 and as a player he’s still learning, developing and maturing.

But in order to do so, he needs to be playing games. No player has ever reached the top level by playing reserve games and spending most match days watching on from the substitutes bench.

Townsend has bags of potential, but considering his circumstances, he’s in grave danger of falling off the grid as a new batch of young stars start to hog the limelight and attract potential suitors.

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