Brentford boss speaks out on Spurs prospect Alex Pritchard's future

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Burnley and West Bromwich Albion are linked with moving for Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Pritchard on loan in January, who is currently impressing at Brentford.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton insists Tottenham loanee Alex Pritchard is best of staying put.

Pritchard has been one of Brentford's best performers as they have climbed into the playoff spaces and they will be desperate not to lose him. 

Indeed, Bees boss Mark Warburton commented on the speculation surrounding Pritchard's future today by saying he felt his development would be best by staying at Griffin Park. 

“All I look at is the players are doing well because they’re playing here," Warburton said to London 24, amid talk Burnley or West Brom could be interested.

"They’re getting good pitch time and players want to play.

“You can get a loan move to a higher Premier League club and spend seven tenths of the time on the bench.

“As a young player you need to develop by playing the game."

The risk for Spurs with uprooting Pritchard would be that he could find his chances more limited at either of the Premier League sides.

Although neither Burnley or West Brom have the biggest squads in the top-tier, they still possess quality in wide areas and unsettling a player in such good form could be dangerous.

It would, however, give them a better indication of whether he was ready to make an impact at White Hart Lane when his loan expires.

Pritchard has been identified as a player who could make the grade at Spurs and, with Mauricio Pochettino expressing a desire to utilise the club's youth-academy, he could be in with a better chance than ever before after this season.

A number of Spurs' attacking stars are under-performing and Pritchard's willingness to take on defenders would have been a useful option for Pochettino to have been able to utilise. 

For the time being, though, Pritchard will simply be hoping to continue impressing in the second-tier. 

Brentford take on Fulham on Friday night, where they will be looking to extend their fine run of form and continue climbing up the table. 

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