Mauricio Pochettino admits Andros Townsend's future could lie away from Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend has been linked with Newcastle United, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted to the Hampstead and Highgate Express that Andros Townsend could leave Tottenham Hotspur.

Townsend has dropped out of first team contention at White Hart Lane, after he was punished for having a public dispute with the Lilywhites’ fitness coach back in November.

Pochettino says that since that incident he has been impressed by Townsend’s attitude, but he has suggested that his future could lie at another club.

“He’s still young and he has a big future in football, here or at another club,” Pochettino said. “Always you need to learn in football.”

Townsend played for Tottenham’s development squad in midweek to try and regain some match sharpness, after being sidelined for so much of the campaign so far.

The England international has not made a Premier League start, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will be able to break back into Tottenham’s starting line-up.

With a number of Pochettino’s attacking options starting to return to fitness, competition at White Hart Lane is looking fierce, and Townsend’s omission from Spurs’ match-day squad for their match against Chelsea was hardly a good omen.

Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland are three of the clubs to have been credited with holding an interest in Townsend by the Daily Mirror, and it could be that Spurs will sanction a deal in January.

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