Andros Townsend has been dropped from Tottenham’s first-team.
Mauricio Pochettino has dropped Andros Townsend from his playing squad for the upcoming game with Arsenal due to a row he had with a fitness coach, and Alan Brazil told talkSPORT that the head coach has made the wrong decision.
Brazil said: “I wouldn't have taken him out of the squad. I would have said to him: ‘I know you’re upset, but you’ve shown me you care.’ But I wouldn’t publicly say he’s out of the squad. He [Pochettino] can’t have indiscipline at the club, but he’s young and angry that he’s not playing, which I like.”
Brazil has admitted he can see why Pochettino has decided to relegated Townsend to the Under-21 side for this weekend, but he has praised Townsend for the fight and character he showed in the act of rowing with Tottenham’s fitness coach.
The winger wants to be playing every week, and it is no surprise he is frustrated with the decision to leave him on the bench, but that should be no reason for the 24-year-old to publicly shown his disappointment.
He has every right to talk to Pochettino in private to discuss his playing situation, but being caught on camera shoving the fitness coach is an act of petulance that cannot be wanted at any professional club.
Pochettino has built his Spurs team with players who all possess the same work ethic and desire to improve, and it is why the head coach removed players such as Etienne Capoue and Emmanuel Adebayor from his squad.
If Townsend does not improve his attitude any time soon, it would be no surprise to see him going the same way out of the club in the January transfer window.