There are numerous potential explanations for Tottenham star Andros Townsend’s decision to take to Twitter in praise of QPR’s new centre-halves Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker.
Perhaps, free from the concerns of relegation battling in 2013/14, he paid little heed to Caulker’s integral role in the Premier League’s 19th-best defence last term.
Maybe his World Cup punditry work failed to extend so far as observing pretty much any of the centre-back duos on display in Brazil.
However, it could be also be that this particular outpouring of praise has more to do with his emotional ties to Loftus Road, Harry Redknapp and a regular starting berth than a bout of footballing amnesia.
After all, Townsend came of footballing age in hoops as one of the leading lights in the R’s doomed battle to cheat the Premier League reaper under Redknapp in 2012/13.
QPR, 17/50 to once again avoid an instant post-promotion return to the Championship, has already been linked with a season-long loan move for the Lilywhites winger this summer.
Having returned to action from the injury that kept him out of the World Cup four days ago, Townsend must now convince new manager Mauricio Pochettino of his worth.
As such, the timing of his slightly sycophantic tweet is intriguing…
Is he getting bad vibes from the new gaffer and plotting a path in the direction of Shepherd’s Bush as a result?
Even if Gylfi Sigurdsson swaps White Hart Lane for Swansea, as is widely expected with the player currently undergoing a medical, there will still be at least four other players capable of operating on the flanks on the Tottenham books.
Nacer Chadli, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela and Aaron Lennon all stand between the take-the-bull-by-the-proverbials dribbler and a place in the Argentine’s starting XI.