Why Tottenham's Alex Pritchard must stay where he is in January

Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Pritchard is attracting Premier League interest after a good spell on loan at Brentford.

Tottenham Hotspur's Alex Pritchard has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs in recent weeks, but staying with Brentford would be best for his development.

The youngster is reportedly of interest to West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley in January, as the top-flight trio have all been impressed by his performances.

Spurs have a clause in their current deal with Brentford which allows them to recall Pritchard in January and relocate him, but they would be foolish to take advantage of this.

Although the 21-year-old has not played in the Premier League during his career to date, chasing the limelight too quickly could have a detrimental impact on his future. 

Tottenham may be keen to test him out at the highest level possible to gauge whether he is ready to play for the first-team at White Hart Lane next season, but they should leave him where he is for now. 

Pritchard is a key player in Brentford's promotion push and he is playing with masses of confidence at the moment.

Keen to take players on and a genuine goal-threat, Pritchard has become one of first names on the team-sheet with the Bees and unsettling an in-form prospect is unlikely to help his progress.

Pritchard has made 21 appearances in the Championship to date, helping Brentford become one of the surprise packages in the division as they mount a playoff charge.

If Spurs make him join one of the three interested Premier League clubs, then his chances are likely to be far more limited.

Experience is often valued over youthful exuberance by teams fighting against the drop in the top-tier and Pritchard would have to prove himself all over again before the end of the season, as a result.

That could take months and, on a short-term loan-deal, time would be against the skilful winger.  Therefore, staying with Brentford should be best for his development and, even though he is playing in the second-tier, he should have impressed enough to merit a chance at Spurs.

Tottenham don't have a wealth of attacking options and, with Pochettino trusting his youngsters to make an impact, another good six months with Brentford should be enough to bring Pritchard back into first-team contention at Spurs next season. 

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