Dan Ashworth has high hopes for Tottenham Hotspur talent Alex Pritchard

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

The FA are keeping tabs on the midfielder, currently on loan at Brentford.

Tottenham have impressed many this season with their utilisation of their youth system with the likes of Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Danny Rose all hitting new heights this campaign.

It surely has fans wondering who is next off the production line at Hotspur Way. One possible player who is ready to make the grade for Tottenham is Alex Pritchard.

The midfield creator has been a highly rated member of the Spurs youth team for a number of seasons now and has spent this campaign on loan at Championship side Brentford.

He has been excellent at Griffin Park, pushing the team toward a potential shock promotion to the Premier League.

Yesterday, FA director of youth development Dan Ashworth praised Pritchard along with several other big name English youngsters in an interview with The Guardian:

“I’m encouraged we’ve got five or six. Jordon Ibe has got into Liverpool’s first team. Tom Ince has been rejuvenated in the last few weeks and is scoring at Derby. Then there is Pritchard scoring goals for Brentford and Nathan Redmond at Norwich.

“We’ve a good crop of young attacking players in the under-21s and under-20s and even younger.”

The man who conducted the interview, Daniel Taylor, later Tweeted on the topic:

It would therefore appear that Pritchard is certainly in the thoughts of the FA when it comes to the future of the English national team. But time is surely running out for the player?

He is already 21-years-old and by the start of next season he will be 22 - so he is starting to grow out of the young talent category.

But he can look at the way someone like Ryan Mason has bloomed late at Spurs and have hope that a future in the Spurs first-team is not out of reach.

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