Tottenham NextGen star ready to follow in Townsend's footsteps

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Can Alex Pritchard make it into the first team at Tottenham Hotspur upon his return from Swindon Town?

Last season young Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard really caught the eye with his impressive performances in the NextGen Series and with the Under-21s.

The former West Ham United youngster ended the campaign on the treatment table at Peterborough United - but he was also offered a two-and-a-half-year extension to his current deal by the club, such is the excitement around his future.

It followed plenty of speculation surrounding the teenager’s future. Due to his excellent performance against Barcelona in the Nou Camp during last season’s NextGen Series he was reportedly courting interest from the likes of Barca and Real Madrid in Spain with Liverpool also said to be keen.

His former coach Alex Inglethorpe made the move to Merseyside earlier in 2012 and there was considerable coverage suggesting that he could move to reunite himself with Pritchard - as he fitted the bill perfectly for the future direction at Anfield.

But he stayed, and was sent out on-loan to Swindon Town this summer in order to continue playing regular first-team football.

He has had plenty of time with the first-team in Wiltshire as well, playing 11 games for the club, and bagging a goal against Queens Park Rangers in the League Cup early in the campaign.

Now Pritchard has been speaking about his time at Swindon Town to the Daily Star - and announcing that the example of Andros Townsend acts as inspiration for him to go on and become a success at White Hart Lane.

Townsend himself was no stranger to loan deals, going out on nine of them before finally making the grade at White Hart Lane - and nowadays he is an English hero after leading the team to the World Cup finals next year with excellent performances against Poland and Montenegro.

And it is an inspiration for Pritchard:

“We have spoken about how well he (Andros) has been doing. It is key when you go out on loan to work hard. Most of his loan spells worked but especially the one at QPR last season and look where he is now. We can all take that as a plus sign.”

Can Pritchard become a first-teamer like Townsend?

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