Manchester City laboured to a 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev.
With Pep Guardiola set to take over City in the summer, many have begun to speculate which players he will decide to keep at the club and who will be axed to make way for potential new arrivals.
Guardiola likes to play a well-documented possession-based style, yet mobility, awareness and speed both on and off the ball are attributes just as important and he will not settle for anything less.
Co-commentating on City’s 0-0 draw with Dynamo Kiev, Townsend highlighted three players he feels could be moved on.
"For Pablo Zabaleta, he is getting to the point where he has run his race and it will be sad to see. Samir Nasri, he has been a massive disappointment since he signed and he has strolled about. He has not been fit and not been good enough. I wouldn't even entertain him,” Townsend explained.
"There are better out there than Bacary Sagna for City to get, but there will be casualties. Pep Guardiola will already be looking at this game and making plans for next season."
City’s league form has been a huge disappointment this season, especially after they started the campaign so well with five straight league victories without conceding a goal.
A number of players have simply under-performed, or in the case of Zabaleta and Yaya Toure, perhaps are not as influential as before with age certainly catching up on them.