Alex Pritchard could very well be the next break-out star to emerge from Tottenham Hotspur's academy. The attacking midfielder is currently on loan at Championship side Brentford and has been one of the Bees' best players this season, scoring nine goals in 39 appearances.
He's been so good, today Brentford released a "best of" video on YouTube, complete with bad dub-step music! Now that's love!
Pritchard is 21 and has long been considered one of the best players in Spurs' academy. Alex spent nearly of last season on loan at League 1 side Swindon Town, but made his Spurs first team debut last May against West Ham under Tim Sherwood. This year he's absolutely tearing up the Championship and Brentford manager Mark Warburton calls him "nailed on for the Premier League." He's also an England U21 international with six caps this season.
An attacking midfielder, Pritchard can play on either flank as well as in the hole, which would make him a versatile addition to Spurs' young midfield stable. All indications are that Pritchard will get his chance to break into the Spurs first team next season. Mauricio Pochettino was in attendance to watch him play in Friday's win over Fulham, and by all accounts rates him very highly.
Pritchard's inclusion would seem to hold to Spurs' stated intent to develop and promote academy talent over expensive purchases. Between Pritchard, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Andros Townsend, and likely first team newcomer Dele Alli, Spurs are building a core of young, talented midfielders that could pay massive dividends in upcoming years. Exciting times!