By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle in January because he was considered by Tottenham to be too much of a maverick, Football Insider sources understand.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino felt Townsend’s individualistic style did not suit Spurs’ team-oriented pattern of play.
Townsend had been frozen out for months at White Hart Lane before he moved to St James’ Park for £12million during the winter window.
The England international had not started a single Premier League match for Spurs in the first half of the campaign and had earned Pochettino’s disapproval after lashing out at the club’s fitness coach during a heated row in November.
But a well-placed Spurs source has told Football Insider that it was Townsend’s nonconformist play on the wing that was at the root of the Argentine’s decision to listen to offers for an Academy graduate who had spent 16 years at the club.
Townsend scored just 11 goals and supplied 15 assists in 93 matches for Spurs, a record that pales in comparison with his statistics for England and new club Newcastle.
In 15 matches since joining the Magpies, Townsend has scored four goals and weighed in with two assists, although it has not been enough to maintain the club’s Premier League status.
Newcastle host Tottenham on Sunday on the final weekend of the league campaign and Townsend will hope to continue the form that could make him a late inclusion in England’s Euro 2016 squad.
The 24-year-old is one of a number of attacking players in the running for the final place in Roy Hodgson’s 23 following the knee injury sustained by Danny Welbeck that will sideline him for nine months.
Townsend was one of a number of senior players offloaded by Pochettino as he rejigged a squad that will finish second if they claim at least one point at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Adebayor’s contract was terminated in September, Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million during the January window and the likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Aaron Lennon have also moved on in the last six months.
In other Tottenham news, the club are willing to listen to offers for a high-earning midfielder this summer.