Tottenham Hotspur youngster to follow Townsend example

The 20-year-old has so far excelled on loan at League 1 side Swindon Town.

Spurs youth prospect Alex Pritchard is hoping to follow in the footsteps of teammate Andros Townsend by impressing on his loan spell with Championship promotion chasing club Swindon Town. Townsend may be the talk of the town after scoring with a fantastic solo effort on his England debut against Montenegro last Friday but in truth it has been a long and hard road to the big time for the 22-year-old.

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Since arriving on the Tottenham books back in 2000 at the age of just nine, the winger has spent time on loan at nine different football league clubs starting with Yeovil Town in 2009 and continuing on to the likes of Ipswich, Leeds United and Birmingham City.

Finally, after an impressive spell on the books of Queens Park Rangers last term, the Spurs hierarchy sat up and took notice, with manager Andre Villas-Boas using the player throughout the start of the current campaign, resulting in a call-up to the national squad.

Alex Pritchard first arrived at White Hart Lane back in 2009, having previously been on the books at West Ham United. Like Townsend before him, the youngster has struggled to find first-team opportunities with the Lilywhites and spent a portion of last season at Peterborough United, where he made nine appearances and impressed fans and pundits alike.

This season, the attacking midfielder is on the books at Swindon Town and the good news is that the 20-year-old has made a positively flying start to the campaign with the Robins, scoring twice in nine appearances already this term.

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And while Townsend starred for the Three Lions on Friday, come Saturday night, much of the talk centred around the performance of Pritchard, as Swindon romped to a sensational 4-0 away win over high-flying rivals Rotherham.

Chief among the 20-year-old’s contributions on the day was a sensational free kick, which opened the scoring on 33 minutes and set the tone for what was to come.

It wasn’t the first time Pritchard has scored for the Robins from a dead ball situation either, having previously netted in similarly spectacular fashion away at MK Dons earlier in the campaign.

Swindon currently lie two points off the playoff places but should Pritchard continue in this kind of form then promotion may not be beyond the Mark Cooper’s team.

And provided he shows the same kind of determination and willingness to gain experience in the lower leagues, then we could one day see the youngster lining up for Spurs and perhaps even England.

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