Tottenham Hotspur supporters were this morning greeted with the news that English winger Andros Townsend has been dropped from the squad list to face Anderlecht after a row with the club’s fitness coach, Nathan Gardiner.
The pair appeared to have the row following the 3-1 win over Aston Villa last night at the Lane, probably involving Pochettino’s decision to play Onomah and Mason as substitutes instead of him, Townsend having to make do with a place in cup competitions. Pochettino has, however, suggested that Townsend still has a future at the club, despite him being dropped for tomorrow’s clash with the Belgians.
Onomah, 18, has been a rising star in the Spurs Academy, perhaps overtaking Townsend in the pecking order and in contention to start his first Europa League game tomorrow. Townsend, 24, hasn’t attended training today and Pochettino stated his belief that ‘discipline is important’.
Pochettino isn’t immune to discarding first team players; Benoit Assou-Ekotto was rejected whilst Emmanuel Adebayor was sent to train with the reserves. Additionally, Aaron Lennon was also sent to train with the development squad before being sold to Everton, something the Tottenham fans weren’t happy about as Lennon was a long-serving member of the club and just one year off a testimonial match.
The good news, however, is that South Korean star Son Heung-Min is in contention for the game on Thursday. Son impressed in his first games for Spurs, scoring three goals in two appearances, including a brace in the Europa League against FC Qarabag. His energy and commitment was infectious around the team and he provided vital energy in attack, another option, creating a stronger attacking force for Spurs alongside Lamela, Eriksen and Kane.
The only doubts are Nabil Bentaleb (who has returned to training after a couple of months out) and Clinton N’Jie who has picked up an ankle problem.
Predicted XI – Lloris; Davies, Vertonghen, Alderweireld, Trippier; Mason, Alli; Eriksen, Son, Onomah; Kane