Alex Pritchard has been tearing up the English Championship while on loan with Brentford this season, and now "Sky Sources" are reporting that he is in negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur for a new contract that would keep him with Spurs for another four years.
The report states that Tottenham are keen to re-sign Pritchard to an improved deal and make him a "fully integrated member of the first-team squad" after his remarkable season with Brentford that saw him lead the Bees to the Championship promotion playoff, scoring 12 goals.
As we've frequently discussed on here, Spurs are in the midst of a youth development golden age. Four first team starters – Harry Kane, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, and Danny Rose – are Spurs academy graduates, and there are numerous young players such as Pritchard, Tom Carroll, Milos Veljkovic, and Dele Alli, waiting in the wings. At age 22, Pritchard is in a prime position to be the next home-grown player to become an established member of the Tottenham first team.
Pritchard played mostly in the hole for Brentford this season, but is also comfortable in attacking midfield roles from the flanks. He possesses incredible technique, excellent vision, and a knack for scoring goals. We want to be a little careful about singing his praises, since the jump from the Championship to the Premier League is huge. It may take a while before he's a regular starter, and he's going to make a few mistakes along the way, but Pritchard has had a very, very good season for Brentford and it looks like he's ready to make that jump
Nothing in this report is confirmed, but if Spurs are willing to tie Pritchard down to a new deal, it shows an intent to double-down on young academy talent, and a willingness to take a chance on a young guy. That's all good, folks.