Fulham's former Manchester United trainee could embarrass Tottenham

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Tottenham's Europa League campaign will allow a young Englishman abroad on loan from Fulham with a chance to make a name for himself.

As a competition which in many eyes cost them dear in the Premier League last season, there may not be too many Tottenham Hotspur fans who are over-excited about the Europa League.

But there will be one Brit who is looking forward to Tottenham's campaign beginning.

That would be 20-year-old Joshua Pritchard, a footballer who plays for Norwegian side Tromso - where he is currently on loan from Premier League side Fulham.

Tromso are Tottenham's first opponents, visiting White Hart Lane on September 19, and Pritchard has every chance of being involved.

Pritchard signed a loan deal to move to Norway in January, and the central midfielder has become a regular, making 23 domestic appearances for Tromso.

He has also taken full advantage of Europa League football, playing seven matches in qualifying rounds, where he netted a vital winner against Besiktas, his only goal for the club to date.

Pritchard was born in Stockport and was originally a trainee with Manchester United, only to be released at the age of 16. 

That was back in 2009 and he promptly signed with Fulham, although he is yet to make a first team appearance for the club.

His loan may have been an unusual move, but it is looking like the best one he could have made, playing regular first team football and at a competitive standard - for a side which have made it to the Europa League group stages.

At international level Pritchard has caught the eye of Wales, who he is eligible for, and has been called into the Welsh under-21 side.

His contract expires in 2014, making this a crucial season for him. His loan deal at Tromso ends in December once the Norwegian league season is complete, and he could by that point become an option for Fulham in the Premier League.

The perfect chance for him to show this will be at White Hart Lane in just over a week's time, and as a Brit playing abroad to enhance his footballing development, Pritchard's story should be told and encouraged for other young players to consider following in his footsteps.

Tottenham will be favourites by a long shot to win the match with a multi-million-pound midfield likely to feature. If a young Fulham reserve helps Tromso pull off an upset it will certainly be a night for the home side to forget.

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