Why Andros Townsend has a key role to play for Tottenham Hotspur this season

Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend has gone from being linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, to having a key role to play this season.

Andros Townsend has gone from a player Tottenham Hotspur were actively looking to sell, according to the Daily Mail, into one who is arguably a vital part of their squad.

The England international may not be one of Spurs' standout talents, or even a regular starter, but his importance to Mauricio Pochettino's current squad cannot be understated. 

Tottenham's wide options are fairly limited - even after the additions of Clinton Njie and Heung-Min Son - and Townsend offers something different to anyone else in the Lilywhites team.

While Nacer Chadli has a happy knack of scoring goals, Erik Lamela is a competent passer, and Alex Pritchard has a deft touch, none of the trio possess the spark that Townsend does.

The 23-year-old is inconsistent and, at times, frustrating - but he still has the ability to back up defenders, and take them on with his pace and close control.

  Total Att AssistTotal Scoring AttTotal TackleTotal ContestTotal PassFinal Third EntriesTouchesAppearancesMins Played
Andros Townsend 2 1 1 2 11 1 21 1 28

It is a skill set which offers Pochettino variation should he wish to change a game, and Townsend may find himself playing the role of super-sub this season.

The mercurial wide-man is a match-winner on his day, and he is likely to be utilised regularly as the campaign progresses. 

Townsend came off the substitutes' bench against Sunderland in Spurs' most recent fixture, and he helped to turn the game in their favour - as Ryan Mason's late goal secured the three points. 

It is a role which he may have to get used to but, after seemingly being in danger of having to leave White Hart Lane, Townsend can still feel pleased that he now has an important part to play in Tottenham's 2015/16 endeavours. 

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