Although Townsend rates Toby Alderweireld’s captaincy credentials, he does not see many other leaders at White Hart Lane.
And the former Republic Ireland international claims that Spurs’ lack of experience cost them the match against Arsenal last weekend.
The Lilywhites came from behind to take a 2-1 lead against Arsenal, who were playing with 10 men, but they were punished in the closing stages of the match, when Alexis Sanchez netted an equaliser.
Townsend feels that Spurs’ players got ahead of themselves, and with a bit more leadership they may have been able to claim the three points.
"I think Spurs got a little bit excited when they got in front, at the weekend," Townsend said. "I think they felt they were going to go on and score three.
"They lack that little bit of experience. I think they got ahead of themselves. Aside of Toby Alderweireld, I don’t see many outstanding individual leaders. The team is just made up of a lot of very fit and hungry young footballers."
Tottenham’s failure to hold on against Arsenal has put a dent in their hopes of winning the Premier League title.
Spurs are currently five points behind Leicester City, and although it is far from impossible for Mauricio Pochettino’s side to finish on top of the pile in May, they will have to finish the season very strongly to do so.
Tottenham’s next match comes against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, before they face Aston Villa on Sunday.