A spell with Tottenham's U21s could give Andros Townsend a reality check

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The Tottenham Hotspur winger is not involved with the first-team right now.

As reported by the London Evening Standard earlier this week, Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has been banished from Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad following his argument with the club’s fitness coach.

It remains to be seen if Townsend will be brought back into the fold for the upcoming Premier League matches but he will certainly not be involved in Tottenham’s Europa League clash with Anderlecht this evening, with Standard journalist Tom Collomosse claiming the England international has been sent to train with the under-21s.

While at first glance that could be seen as the first sign that Townsend is on his way out of the club in January, there could be a surprise alternative outcome if the 24-year-old accepts his mistake and learns from some of the young players coming the ranks at White Hart Lane right now.

Tottenham’s under-21 side currently contains a whole host of wonderfully talented teenagers – many of whom look destined for a future first-team role.

The likes of Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyle Walker-Peters and Shayon Harrison are all excelling this season and will ultimately look to follow Josh Onomah into the first-team fold, so what chance Townsend seeing this batch of sparkling talent and having a reality check?

After all, it was not that long ago that Townsend was in their exact position, and it is fair to say he has not kicked on consistently thereafter.

Seeing just how much this next generation of Tottenham players want exactly what Townsend has could be the wake-up call he needs, while also showing Spurs’ teenage talent that once you get there, you need to work harder than ever to maintain your place.

This move could ultimately change a few players’ perceptions, and if Townsend embraces it his time at Tottenham may not be over after all.

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