Could Tottenham really sell Alex Pritchard to Burnley for just £2m?

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Burnley are reportedly lining up a £2m bid for Tottenham youngster Alex Pritchard.

Throughout spells as manager of Espanyol and Southampton, Mauricio Pochettino has placed his faith in up-and-coming young players.

In Spain, he nurtured the likes of Didac Vila, Victor Ruiz and Javi Marquez into the Espanyol side, whilst Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse starred under him at Southampton.

Now at Tottenham, Pochettino has recently settled on a central midfield partnership of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb, both of whom have come up through the ranks in recent years, whilst striker Harry Kane is taking a leading role up front.

Yet Pochettino also allowed some youngsters to leave White Hart Lane on loan, including Grant Hall, Ryan Fredericks and Tom Carroll, whilst Alex Pritchard joined Brentford for the season.

The 21-year-old was outstanding for Swindon Town last season, and made the step up to the Championship when Brentford secured a loan deal - but his impressive displays for the Bees have triggered interest from Premier League sides.

Burnley are believed to be interested in Pritchard, and sent scouts to watch him play against Huddersfield Town last weekend, with a £2m bid in the offing.

That would involve Tottenham recalling Pritchard in January, which may involve a small fee being paid to Brentford as a cancellation, but should they really be selling him?

The England Under-21 international is really emerging as a star in the second tier, and we've already seen what can happen when given a chance in the Premier League - just look at Mason.

Selling Pritchard for just £2m would be a bizarre decision from Tottenham, given that he will surely be worth far more than that in a couple of years time, whilst he hasn't even been given a chance in the first team.

Tottenham risk making a big mistake by selling Pritchard to a Premier League rival for just £2m - and Pochettino should leave him at Brentford for the rest of the season before giving him a chance with Spurs next summer.

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