It was the Hornets and not Tottenham Hotspur who ended Andros Townsend’s loan spell prematurely, the Watford Observer understands.

Townsend was signed on loan until the end of the season on January 20 but only made two starts and one substitute appearance in his month at Vicarage Road.

The 19-year-old was left out of the 18-man squad completely in the last two matches and the Hornets decided to send the winger back to Spurs.

Watford manager Malky Mackay said: “We're very grateful to Harry Redknapp and the Tottenham staff for their help in arranging this loan.

“It is a shame it hasn't worked out for either us or Andros and we wish him well for the future."