As this Premier League season is one match past the midpoint and takes a break this weekend for FA Cup play -- for which Spurs have drawn an away match against rival Arsenal -- it's a natural point to stop and take stock of where the club is.
The win will wash away some of the bad taste left from Tottenham's shocker of a loss to the Hammers, which stands as the difference between fifth in the table (where Spurs now sit) and first (where they would be had they defeated West Ham).
Townsend, a 22-year-old product of the Spurs Academy, had been loaned out to other clubs nine times since 2009, most recently in January to Queens Park Rangers and former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.
Something unforeseen happened just shy of 50 minutes into Tottenham's opening match of the season against newly promoted Crystal Palace on Sunday. Referee Mark Clattenburg blew his whistle, pointed to the penalty spot, and allowed a Spurs player to take a free kick at goal.