Alex Pritchard has had a fantastic season so far and his performances have really caught the eye; however he has yet featured for the Spurs first-team. Could a rumoured move to Liverpool be in his best interests?
Our NextGen Series Group Stage XI contained a few English-based players including the goalkeeper, centre back and one of the front three. However there is little doubt that the best player from England involved in this year’s NextGen Series so far has been Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Alex Pritchard.
He played a huge part in the 4-1 demolition of Barcelona at the Nou Camp and has scored four goals during the opening stages. The talented midfielder has not yet featured in the first team for the club however as competition for a starting berth Is fierce; the closest he came was 90 minutes sitting on the bench in Greece during a Europa League game with PAOK Salonika in 2011.
He showed off his sensational talent once again earlier in the month as he helped himself to four goals in an 8-1 thrashing of Peterborough United’s development squad and his talents have not gone unnoticed; he was linked with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona late last year.
While that seems a rather fanciful notion the latest team looking to steal him away from White Hart Lane presents a much more logical threat to his career with Spurs.
His former youth team coach at Spurs was Alex Inglethorpe who was recently installed as the reserve team boss at Anfield and it is reported that he has been speaking of ‘Pritch’ in glowing terms on Merseyside.
He turns 20 in the summer and as yet seems no more likely to be on the verge of a first team bow and his feet must be becoming itchy after consistently performing for development teams but not getting a look in at the first-team level.
Any move to Liverpool would depend on an independent tribunal assessing his value to Spurs but should he consider a move to Liverpool.
The immediate consensus would be yes. At the moment despite all his decent displays for the club he seems nowhere near the first team picture. Liverpool have utilised young players far more often than has been the case at Spurs this season and you would definitely expect Brendan Rodgers to be far more likely to use him in the first-team ahead of Andre Villas Boas.
If he wants to play more first-team football then Liverpool could be the best move for him.
Should Alex Pritchard move to Liverpool?
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