After this week learning that an ankle injury will rule him out of the World Cup, Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is now acclimatising to the reality that he could be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer.
Set to miss half of pre-season following surgery to repair damaged ankle ligaments, the 22-year-old is apparently one of several flailing Spurs first-teamers who will be hawked around Premier League clubs as the north Londoners plan to make room for new arrivals.
Townsend along with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nacer Chadli will also included in the off-season yard sale, while Paulinho could also to sold to the highest bidder after some behind-the-scenes petulance, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
Southampton are one of ample clubs thought to be prepared to take a punt on the five-cap England man, with the same paper reporting the player was offered alongside a sizeable sum of money for Saints orchestrator Adam Lallana.
Such a deal will not come to fruition, however, with the playmaker allegedly burning a candle for Liverpool, but Mauricio Pochettino’s interest remains strong.
A St Mary’s switch could well be the best option for the player’s England aspirations, given the way the south coast side have flooded the Three Lions’ squad over the past season.
Lallana is just one of a quartet of stars to earn their international stripes through their performances in Saints red and white.
Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez all won their first caps under Pochettino’s guidance and it’s the latter, a forward by trade who has used his finishing prowess to flourish cutting in from the left, whose form Townsend should be aspiring to emulate.
The Spurs man’s speed, direct approach and desire to score goals is what likens him to the Lancastrian Latino and, working in tandem with the former Burnley attacker to feed lone striker Lambert, the Saints will be in possession of a lethal front three next season.