The former Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper has been discussing the 24-year-old winger.
Indeed, the former Tottenham goalkeeper was covering his ex-club's Europa League clash with Anderlecht on Thursday night.
And, during commentary, the 44-year-old praised boss Pochettino, suggesting he is a fair coach and that Townsend has made a mistake.
The winger had rowed with Tottenham's fitness coach and was subsequently left out of the squad for the European clash.
Friedel said while commentating on the Tottenham - Anderlecht game for Fox Sports: "Mauricio Pochettino’s fair. He has no problem bringing discipline to the team but will give people a chance. Andros made a mistake."
It's hard to back against Pochettino in this case. Or, rather, it's hard not to disagree with Townsend.
The 24-year-old may have had a case were he truly the best player in his position at White Hart Lane but the Spurs man has struggled for form for some months now.
Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Heung-Min Son, Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele and Clinton Njie are all better options than Townsend right now.
Clearly, a footballer has every right to be frustrated if they are not playing. But taking it out on a colleague is never the answer and Tottenham would be wise to let Townsend go if he requests a January exit.