Given Alex Pritchard’s form for loan club Brentford, it would be no surprise to see him pulling on the shirt of Tottenham Hotspur next season.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has scored eight goals and provided six assists for the Championship side this season, and his all-round performances have attracted plaudits time and again.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has already shown he is willing to give youth a chance and Pritchard looks set to be the next to benefit from that philosophy. But as much as the youngster has his own form to thank for a likely chance at White Hart Lane next season, he could also be set to benefit from the poor performances of two of his Spurs teammates.
Andros Townsend and Erik Lamela have failed to fully seize their opportunities this season, with the former in particular flattering to deceive too often.
Lamela has an impressive work ethic, but his goal-return is poor and he should be creating and scoring far more given his talent and the fact he now has nearly two full seasons at the club.
As for Townsend, his disappointing turn against Manchester United – where he was substituted after just 26 minutes – said it all.
When Tottenham have two current stars unable to play to their full potential and influence games in a positive way, why shouldn’t Pritchard be granted a chance to show what he can do in the top flight?
Yes, the Tottenham youngster is talented, but he could owe his chance as much to the failings of others as his own emerging ability. And do not be surprised if he seizes the chance just as he has at his temporary clubs.