Townsend has had limited first team opportunities this season, and he was pictured allegedly having an argument with Spurs’ fitness coach after their latest match against Aston Villa by the Daily Mail.
Tottenham have disciplined the winger for that show of dissent, but Pochettino still believes that the England international could force his way back into contention in the future.
“All players have a future, it’s up to them to have a future here,” Pochettino said, when asked whether Townsend still has a future at Spurs.
“Football can change quickly. If he’s in our squad [this season] it’s because we believe in him and we believe he can give us very good things, but then it is up to the player when he has the chance to impress me and show me I was wrong in my previous decisions.”
Townsend did not make it off the bench in Tottenham’s most recent game against Aston Villa, offering another indication of how far he has slipped down the pecking order.
Pochettino chose to bring on youngster Joshua Onomah before the fleet-footed winger against the Claret and Blues, even though the match was still in the balance late on.
Townsend has promised a lot at Spurs, but he has rarely lived up to his potential, and it seems that his time at the club could be coming to an end.
The likes of Southampton have been credited with holding an interest in Townsend by the Daily Mail, and it remains to be seen whether they will lodge a bid in the January transfer window.