Did Townsend ask to play for Tottenham's under-21s because he wanted to impress potential suitors?

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The Tottenham Hotspur winger has played little first-team football this season with his future in doubt?

Andros Townsend has not played a single minute of first-team football for Tottenham Hotspur since October, but where many players would sulk, the England international instead asked to be included in Spurs’ under-21 squad in order to maintain his match fitness and get some competitive game-time under his belt.

But was there more to it than that?

After all, the January transfer window is right around the corner and Townsend will know that playing for Tottenham’s second string would still allow him the chance to impress any potential suitors, while also ensuring he was match-ready (or thereabouts) if he does leave North London next month.

A recent report from the Daily Mail claimed Newcastle United were prepared to pay £8million for Townsend, while the London Evening Standard suggested a whole host of top flight clubs are keeping tabs on him including West Bromwich Albion, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

So has the Tottenham winger done the smart thing, refusing to let his current predicament get him down and instead focusing on the bigger picture?

After all, clubs are far more likely to want a player who has shown the willingness to play – albeit at under-21 level – and who has shone in the process, scoring once and setting up another in three recent outings.

It may not be what Townsend wanted from this season, but at least he is going the right way to prove all he really wants to do is play…

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