Do Tottenham Hotspur regret loaning out Andros Townsend?

The young winger starred in QPR's win over Sunderland, while Gareth Bale's changing role and an injury to Aaron Lennon has left Tottenham Hotspur short of width.

Given their fine recent form, Tottenham Hotspur would be well within their rights to argue that they can be happy with the work done in the January transfer window. However there are a couple of things that have arisen in recent weeks that might make them questions some of the moves made both in terms of incomings and outgoings.

Firstly, they clearly should have bought a striker, but never mind, we try to move on. Moving on, perhaps they have held on to Andros Townsend, as there are a few indications that he could have been a useful man to have around the place in the final months of the season.

This is not just an overreaction to the weekend's football, where Townsend shone for QPR in their vital 3-1 win over Sunderland whilst Spurs missed Aaron Lennon in their defeat to Liverpool.

It is more about how Gareth Bale's role at the club has changed, with the Welshman moving into the centre in recent weeks, leaving a space in the team on the left flank.

When Townsend left, it made perfect sense, with the youngster unlikely to displace Bale from the starting team, but you could see Townsend being used more often in the current set up. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby have both moved wide in recent weeks, and they have played well, but neither can offer the natural width a winger does.

When Lennon is in place on the right this matters less, and Spurs will be relieved to have Lennon return in time for the game against Fulham next week, but even then it would be worth having another wide man available to Andre Villas-Boas, as Spurs' play can end becoming one dimensional with no man prepared to stay on the flank throughout games.

In the long run then this loan spell could be massively important in Townsend's development, something Spurs might benefit from in the future. However although they might not have given him as much playing time as QPR will, there might well be occasions in the next few months when Andre Villas-Boas wishes he had another winger in the squad.

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