By Harvey Byrne
Andros Townsend has revealed his touchline altercation with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner at Tottenham was down to “frustration.”
The now 25-year-old broke through the academy at Spurs, making his senior debut in 2011 and was regarded as one of the club’s bright young talents.
However, the attacker was used sparingly in the 2015-16 campaign at the north London side, making just three substitute appearances in the league, which famously sparked a row with the club’s fitness coach during a clash against Aston Villa.
Townsend explained that he was feeling frustrated at White Hart Lane and that it was a “difficult time in his career.”
“It was frustration,” said Townsend to the Express. “Everyone at some stage has been frustrated at work, lashed out and then regretted it instantly. We are only human. I could only apologise after that.
“It was an extremely difficult time in my career. I was being given the chances but for whatever reason I just wasn’t playing well.
“It was obvious I was not going to play at Spurs. I did not have a future there. Then I had the incident and didn’t play at all after that. I knew if I wanted to go to Newcastle in January I had to be fully fit. I needed to get myself in the best shape possible.”
Townsend ended up completing a £12million move to the north east with Newcastle in the next window, but he was unable to stop the club from suffering relegation.
He returned to the Premier League and London in the summer, joining Crystal Palace in a £13million deal.
The attacker has played eight times for the Eagles in the new season, providing one assist and one goal.
He has also been recalled to the England national side with Raheem Sterling dropping out of Gareth Southgate’s first squad due to injury after missing out on the summer’s European Championships.
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