From an emerging star, who took the Premier League by surprise, to the frozen talent at his bellowed boyhood club, Andros Townsend has learned his lesson the hard way.
After nine different loan spells away from Tottenham Hotspur, Andros Townsend made his debut against Charlton in the FA Cup in January 2011.
The 24-year-old England winger has made his breakthrough to the Spurs’ first team under Andre Villas-Boas in 2013/14 season during which he played 25 Premier League games and scored one goal for the club he has so far spent 16 years in.
Townsend joined Tottenham academy as the eight-year-old, but he has made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League this season. He started only three games this term, two in the Europa League and one in the Capital One Cup.
His Tottenham career is a victim of his own mistakes.
No stranger to controversy, Townsend was under the spotlight for the wrong reasons far too many times during his relatively short professional career.
In May 2013 Tottenham Hotspur winger was charged by the FA over alleged breach of rules on betting.
Townsend voluntarily decided to withdraw himself from the upcoming European U-21 Championship finals having admitter to charges. After a personal hearing, he was fined with £18,000 and suspended for four months.
During his time at Tottenham, Townsend worked with three different managers. Villas-Boas was succeeded by Tim Sherwod, who was ultimately replaced by Mauricio Pochettino, but despite his on-pitch quality which got hit the 10 senior caps as of the end of 2015, the 24-year-old winger paid the price for his off-pitch behaviour.
Problems never left him and it was in November 2015 when Spurs decided to drop Townsend after a row with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner.
Tottenham player was pictured pushing and arguing with Gardner on the pitch after the Europa League game with Anderlecht, because of which he was completely frozen out of the squad.
After 16 years of his life at Tottenham, Andros Townsend has confirmed with a Twitter post that he is leaving the White Hart Lane in January.
— andros townsend (@andros_townsend) January 26, 2016
Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a fee that is believed to be around £12 million and the Spurs winger became the latest Newcastle addition on Wednesday afternoon.
Newcastle United have already signed Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in the winter transfer window as the club is looking to bolster the ranks and the chances of staying up in the England’s top tier.
Newcastle are currently occupying the 18th place in the Premier League standings and are standings at 6/5 to be relegated to the Championship at the end of the current campaign.
Steve McClaren is ready to invest even more until the end of the January transfer market and Loic Remy has also been mentioned as the possible recruitment.
The addition of Tottenham man will most certainly add an extra quality to the squad and Andros Townsend is raring to go and run onto the pitch for the first time since 22nd October.
“As soon as I knew of Newcastle’s interest they were the only club I wanted to join. Two of the best positions you can play in football are centre-forward and left wing at Newcastle. I’ve got the chance. I could never turn that down. I can’t wait to play my first game at St James’ Park.”, Townsend told Sky Sports.
Townsend will reportedly sign a £55,000 a week deal which will see him get a raise of £33,000 as he was on a £20,000 a week deal at Tottenham.
Watford were also interested in the 24-year-old and were waiting in the wings as the negotiations between Tottenham and Newcastle were ongoing.
The Spurs were firm on the stance demanding £14 million, but have ultimately accepted the lower offer by making a compromise to fulfill the player’s wish.
Andros Townsend now faces a fresh start at Newcastle and will have to be careful in order to clear his name and make it to the Euro 2016.
Will he succeed?