The imminent return to fitness of Andros Townsend creates another selection dilemma for Tim Sherwood. How will he fit the England international into his Tottenham team with Aaron Lennon and Christian Eriksen having worked effectively over recent weeks in his absence.A Selection Conundrum For Tim Sherwood At Tottenham (2) Andros Townsend
Tim Sherwood has two England international wingers to choose from at Tottenham. For much of this season, however, due to injury, it has only been occasionally that they have both been available for selection.
At the start of the season, Aaron Lennon was Andre Villas-Boas’ first choice in the opening game at Crystal Palace. It was from his cross that Spurs were awarded the penalty which Roberto Soldado converted for the only goal of the game.
In the next match against Dinamo Tbilisi in the Europa League Andros Townsend staked his claim for a regular place with a goal and assists for two other goals in Spurs 5 – 0 win. An injury to Lennon saved AVB having to make a decision.
Against Swansea Townsend won the penalty which gave Spurs their second single goal victory and he was called into the England squad for the September World Cup qualifying games. In Lennon’s absence Townsend made the most of the opportunity with Spurs and especially for England where he scored on his debut at Wembley and made the headlines with his early international performances as England qualified for next summer’s World Cup Finals in Brazil.Lennon was out for some time but when he returned to fitness AVB played him on the left wing with Townsend on the right. The ‘inverted’ wingers didn’t get the best out of either player as they were cutting inside to an already congested central area on the edge of the opponents box.
With results and performances disappointing, neither player was being seen at their best.
For his first game as interim manager against West Ham in the Cup, Tim Sherwood selected both wingers, playing Lennon on the right with Townsend on the left. The injury to Townsend in that game has resulted in Lennon playing regularly on the right with most recently Christian Eriksen playing on the left of midfield with a roving role across the pitch from where he has three goals and an assist to his credit in the last 4 league games.
Lennon scored his first goal of the season against Stoke maintaining his record that Spurs have never lost when he has been among the goals. It now stands at 29 games and his assist for Jermain Defoe’s strike against Palace was his 41st assist in the Premier League for Spurs.
For the past two matches Tim Sherwood has said that Townsend is nearing a return but has yet to appear. The photographs from the training ground suggest that he will soon be ready for selection and he scored in the Under-21 team’s win over Newcastle on Tuesday. When Townsend is duly recovered and ready to play how will Tim Sherwood resolve his selection conundrum?
You’re The Manager
Where will Townsend play – on the right or the left?
Who should be left out – Andros Townsend or Aaron Lennon or Christian Eriksen?