Alex Pritchard is making a big impression in Tottenham Hotspur's youth set up.
Tottenham's youth teams are firing on all cylinders at the moment, in two days their under-21 side and a development squad have rattled in 13 goals in two games.
The development squad beat a Peterborough side 8-1 last night to follow up the under-21's 5-1 win over Wolves a day earlier, and Alex Pritchard was the star of the show, scoring four goals.
The attacking midfielder is cultivating quite a reputation for himself. He is part of Tottenham's impressive NextGen Series squad, playing a key role in the dismantling of Barcelona in Spain at the end of 2012.
Pritchard was particularly impressive last season in the NextGen Series too and when he turns 20 next season he will be ineligible to compete in it next year.
Time to step up.
Tottenham's big challenge is to make sure the attacking midfielder carries on his excellent progression. Pritchard was the subject of interest from no less than Barcelona after his stunning display against them, and he will want to make his step towards the first team.
Right now, he is going along just fine, and Spurs have no reason to pull him out of that; he deserves a chance to try and finish what he has started and win the NextGen Series.
Next season however, Pritchard's form and potential is demanding that Spurs include him in their first team squad. The club have several impressive youngsters, with Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, and Iago Falque among those who have made steps to the first team this season, even if they remain on the fringes.
Pritchard should be elevated to that group, and be handed opportunities in pre-season and see what he does. Potential Capital One Cup ties present the ideal opportunity for a debut in the first team.
He presents a real argument why Spurs don't need to spend £10 million and £200,000 per week on 28-year-old Wesley Sneijder.
If Pritchard continues his progression, by featuring in the first team squad in 2013/14 then it will represent the next step in his ultimate goal which is a successful career with the club. Frankly it looks impossible for Andre Villas-Boas to leave him out for much longer.
Spurs fans, how excited are you about Alex Pritchard?
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