Promising Spurs youngster signs new deal then heads out on loan

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Big things are thought of of a number of Tottenham youngsters, but few are as highly rated as midfielder Alex Pritchard.

Brentford have secured the loan signing of highly promising Tottenham youngster Alex Pritchard for their return to English football's second tier.

The Premier League side have also given the 21-year-old a new two year contract to tie him to White Hart Lane, and reserve the right to recall Pritchard over the course of the season.

A succession of Spurs academy graduates have benefitted from ascending the lower leagues via loan spells before proving themselves as Premier League footballers.

Current first team members Harry Kane, Andros Townsend, and Danny Rose have all started racking up the appearances after spells in lower divisions, while the likes of Jake Livermore and Steven Caulker made multimillion pound moves after doing the same.

It is a strategy Spurs use as well as any other Premier League club, and it looks like the club's next big prospect may be about to follow a similar path.

After taking in a short spell at Peterborough in the Championship in 2012-13, Pritchard enjoyed a phenomenal season at Swindon Town last year, where he was one of three youths put forward as Football League Young Player of the Year. 

The 21-year-old made his Spurs debut in the final game of the season against Aston Villa after returning from the County Ground, coming off the bench for the last few minutes of the comfortable 3-0 win.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton said: “Alex is a player I have watched for many years. I have followed his career at Tottenham from a young age.

"He is very good tactically and technically with excellent dead ball delivery. He showed his quality while he was on loan at Swindon last year. Alex will add to the quality in our squad, which is taking shape nicely ahead of the start of the season.”

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