Alex Pritchard is making all the right noises if you’re a Tottenham Hotspur fan as he eyes a place in Mauricio Pochettino’s first team.
The England under-21 international is currently on loan at Championship side Brentford but has admitted he hopes his owners are keeping a close eye on his progress.
“Hopefully people will be watching and I can show them what I can do. But you've just got to concentrate on your game and the rest will take care of itself,” he told reporters.
So what are Pritchard’s chances of breaking into the side at Tottenham next season?
Well the main star in his preferred position at the moment is Christian Eriksen who can rival any other number ten in the Premier League when he’s in form.
Eriksen’s status is unlikely to dip at Spurs unless he picks up an injury or makes an appalling series of errors during big games for Pochettino’s team.
The only way that Pritchard can get a chance during pre-season is to play out of his skin in a Championship campaign, which will hopefully see Brentford pushing towards the right end of the table.
“I'm a Brentford player now so I'll work hard for the team and whatever happens, happens. I've settled in really well. All the lads have made me feel welcome.”
It’s also important that he shows versatility over the course of the season if he wants to get noticed by Spurs officials.
Central midfield is the most competitive area of the Tottenham Hotspur squad, with plenty of different options in different roles meaning Pritchard may be forced to adapt his game if he wants to get some playing time.
What he has going for him is the fact that Pochettino has shown a willingness to use younger, home grown players since he came into English football.
He’s attributed with the development of several key players still at and formerly of Southampton and if the boss believes he’s good enough, he should get a chance.
However, he still has a hell of a long way to go before he can be seriously considered as a rival to Eriksen at the top of Tottenham’s midfield.