Andros Townsend made his first appearance of the season for Tottenham against Sunderland.
Townsend came on as a second half substitute against Sunderland over the weekend, and he has told the Standard why he is not worried about breaking into Tottenham’s team on a consistent basis this season.
The 24-year-old winger said: “When I first broke into the team, we’d just signed Lamela and Chadli and there were other players, so every season I have different challenges. This season there is different personnel but the same number of players, so I know if I can keep putting in good performances then I can break into that side. You’re never going to have just one player to fight for your place.”
Tottenham’s squad is currently lacking in depth, but the wing positions are one of the areas in which there are a number of players fighting for a place in the team.
Townsend is just one of those players, and he will be looking to claim a first-team role over the likes of Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli, Clinton N’Jie, Heung-Mon Son, Christian Eriksen and Alex Pritchard.
The English international started just 10 Premier League games last season, and with the new signings made over the summer he faces increased competition to claim a starting role as his own.
Having missed the opening four games of the season, Townsend only made his first appearance of the season at the weekend, playing just over 20 minutes for Spurs against Sunderland.
Thankfully for the winger, none of the challengers for his position have been playing particularly well this season, and now that Townsend is back at full fitness, it would be no surprise to see him starting more games.
It is just up to the winger to put in a number of top level performances to prove he deserves to stay as a starting player under Mauricio Pochettino.