Pochettino admits Tottenham outcast is heading for the exit door

first_img1 Mauricio Pochettino says Andros Townsend’s situation is ‘obvious’ as he conceded Tottenham are ready to sell the winger this month.Townsend has found himself out-of-favour this season and has not played for the club since clashing with fitness coach Nathan Gardiner in November.Newcastle are reportedly keen on signing the 24-year-old, while Southampton and Watford are also understood to be monitoring his situation.“It’s always about rumours, but it’s true that when some players are not much involved in games, players always want to play and try to find solutions,” said Pochettino.“And I think it’s obvious the situation of Andros.”Pochettino suggested Townsend would not be on his way out of White Hart Lane if the Premier League relaxed its rules around match day squads.The Argentine feels he should be able to put 14 players on the bench to keep his squad happy, rather than the seven currently allowed.”He said: “The rule in the Premier League is that you can only pick 18 players, and if we change the rule like in Italy where you can put all the players on the bench, maybe that would be better and help the manager in the future.“Some players don’t deserve to miss out, but it’s impossible because you can only pick 18.“Maybe it’s better you pick your starting XI but all the squad can sit on the bench. Then you can use every player that you have in the squad.” Andros Townsend last_img read more

South Africa add fresh faces in fast bowling arsenal for second Test vs India

first_imgSouth Africa have added seamers Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi to their squad for the second Test against India, which starts in Pretoria on Saturday.Olivier has played five Tests since making his debut against Sri Lanka at Johannesburg in January last year and has picked up 17 wickets at an average of 23.11 and a strike rate of 35.6.Ngidi, 21, is uncapped at Test level but has played three Twenty20 internationals and is regarded as one of the finest up-and-coming fast bowling talents in South Africa.The duo have been added to the squad after the great Dale Steyn was ruled out of the series as he injured his left heel during the first Test.”I have heard a lot of good things about Ngidi so I’m looking forward to see what he brings,” coach Ottis Gibson said in a media release from Cricket South Africa.”We are expecting similar bowling-friendly conditions in Pretoria so this pair will bolster up our options heading into the match,” he added.The Proteas on Monday took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after beating India by 72 runs in the first Test at Newlands.Faf du Plessis missed the services of Steyn in the fourth innings when they needed to restrict India under 207 to win the match.That is when Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel stepped up and bowled out India within two sessions for 135.Philander continued his love affair with his home ground claiming a career-best 6 for 42 while Rabada and Morkel took two wickets each.advertisementPhilander has a terrific record at his home ground in Cape Town where he has now claimed 47 wickets at an average of 16.34 and a strike rate of 33.9, which is actually the second best among fast bowlers who have taken more than 40 wickets at a particular venue. It was Philander’s fourth five-wicket haul at Newlands.last_img read more