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There will be no Townsend or Holtby exit.

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Scraggs

Two players seemingly in great demand yet reputed to be unwanted by Pochettino at Spurs are Andros Townsend and Lewis Holtby, if reports are to be believed Southampton are not prepared to give up on acquiring Townsend with an increased bid above the £10m turned down due to be submitted soon. Lewis Holtby seems to have caught the eye of a number of clubs with the most high profile being Everton following the injury to Ross Barkley.

Andros Townsend earned a new contract only last October after bursting onto the England scene, he had earned his place in the Tottenham team after years of learning his trade out on loan at several clubs. Though his statistics were not overly impressive in terms of goals and assists his actual performances were better than those figures suggested and he was a major threat to the opposition. Injuries cost him his place in the Tottenham team, he failed to convince Tim Sherwood he was worth a place or that he was fit enough to continue before another injury put paid to his season and his dream of featuring at the World Cup in Brazil.

After working hard to regain his fitness levels he is again threatening to explode again, his appearance from the bench against West Ham after 60 minutes effectively turned the game as he took the game to the opposition and threatened to win all 3 points on his own. He has never been totally convincing but he only turned 23 last month and is still learning, many believe that there is a fantastic player there waiting to get out. Townsend is already a gamechanger and has the potential to become a matchwinner whether as a starter or introduced from the bemch, He plays with no fear and Tottenham simply have to give him the platform to become the player we need rather than abandon him to the likes of Southampton.

Lewis Holtby is another with the right attitude and a strong will to win, he always gives 100% and is not a player that will ever give up the fight. Everton finished ahead of Tottenham last season helped by plenty of loans, in particular from City and Chelsea, they will again be competitors and have again leaned on Chelsea to boost their squad, acquiring a player like Holtby to help them finish the season with more points than us is simply not going to happen. Holtby is  not up for grabs as he has been one of the better exponents of the Pochettino way and is able to operate in a number of positions within the team pattern.

you can never say never in football but my guess is that there are a good few likely to leave before Pochettino even considers cutting either of these players from his squad.

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