Tottenham wonderkid receives first red-card of his career

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard, currently on loan at Swindon Town, got sent off for pushing Wade Elliott yesterday.

The emergence of Nabil Bentaleb this season has shown that Tottenham Hotspur have a very talented set of youngsters just waiting for their opportunity in the first-team.

Many of those are in the under-21 side - but one who truly must believe his chance is coming is former West Ham midfielder Alex Pritchard.

He shone in the recent NextGen Series he competed in but unfortunately his loan spell at Peterborough last season was disrupted by niggling injury problems.

At the start of this season Spurs decided to give him another chance of regular first-team football - and loaned him out to Swindon Town for the season.

Spurs have a good relationship with The Robins - with the likes of Grant Hall and Ryan Mason both temporarily with the Wiltshire side - and former Tottenham youngsters Troy Archibald-Henville and Massimo Luongo also present.

Pritchard, compared by some to a young David Beckham, has had an excellent campaign.

In fact his form has been so good that he has been nominated for the Football League Young Player of the Year award alongside Premier League promotion chasing Will Hughes and Liam Moore from Derby County and Leicester City respectively.

It is a prestigious award - won in the past by the likes of Fabian Delph, Nathaniel Clyne and Gareth Bale - and Pritchard would be honoured to pick up the award.

However yesterday was a day he would rather forget.

Pritchard received his career first red card yesterday - for a silly push in the mini-derby game against Bristol City.

He reacted to a foul by experienced midfielder Wade Elliott - pushing the former Burnley man in retaliation right under the referee’s nose.

Even his own manager Mark Cooper refused to defend him in post-game interviews:

"He is a young lad and he is still learning. You cannot do that and he has let himself and the team down. It's right in front of the referee and he has left him with no option but to send him off."

For Spurs fans who view Pritchard as a potential first-team player in the future this should not come as a great concern.

The young lad is still just 20-years-old and if there is any time for him to make mistakes like this then now is certainly that time.

As long as it does not become a habit it can be put down to his youthful competitive spirit on this occasion.

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