The form of some of Tottenham Hotspur's players has reportedly played a big part in the club’s decision not to sell Alex Pritchard to Championship side Brentford.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is enjoying a fine spell in the second tier and Brentford are said to want to sign the player on a permanent deal in January.
Previous reports have suggested Tottenham have no intention of letting the player leave for good, but now the Daily Mail has cited a very interesting reason for their thinking.
The newspaper claims Spurs have been encouraged by the fact that Andros Towsend, Harry Kane and Ryan Mason have all ultimately proved to be Premier League quality after prolonged loan spells away from White Hart Lane.
Kane and Mason in particular are having campaigns to remember and both are tipped to have a huge future in North London.
Townsend has been linked with an exit but he has still proved more than capable of playing in the Premier League and it appears Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eager to see if Pritchard can follow suit.
The midfielder has scored four goals and provided five assist so far this season, as he has helped Brentford into the playoff places.
But it seems any chance they have of taking him permanently is lost with Spurs' hope that he can replicate the form that has seen Kane and Mason become unlikely heroes, outperforming some of their considerably more experienced teammates.