Hoddle urges Tottenham Hotspur to pick Townsend over Lamela

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Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham must pick Andros Townsend over Erik Lamela.

Glenn Hoddle has urged Tottenham Hotspur to drop Erik Lamela and select Andros Townsend against Arsenal.

The former Spurs boss is a big fan of Townsend, and believes he is not being given a fair crack under current head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

He told The Mail that he feels Erik Lamela is not justifying his place in the Tottenham team as a week in week out starter, and should make way.

Hoddle explained: "The fact is that Erik Lamela isn’t delivering consistently enough for a player who cost £30million. Spurs would be better off with the pace and penetration of Townsend out wide.

"When Lamela first came, Townsend responded and was the best wide player in England.

"The Argentinian couldn’t get in the team but now he has displaced Townsend, he’s not delivering anything special. Which is why Townsend deserves his chance."

Hoddle did not ignore Townsend's recent bust-up with a member of the club's coaching staff, adding that he felt the winger's exasperation was easy to understand.

Townsend has recently lost his place in the England squad, and could look for a move away from the club in January to save his chance of being picked for Euro 2016.

Selecting him against Arsenal would be a risky move given his lack of first team football, while Erik Lamela has been impressive in recent weeks.

He may never be the player Tottenham wanted him to be when they paid £30 million for his signature, but the 23-year-old is showing signs of promise early on this season.

Lamela has a goal and an assist in his last two Premier League games, and taking him out of the team for Townsend right now is a switch Pochettino is unlikely to make.

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