86 touches, 6 key passes: Youngster proving he’s ready for Spurs first-team

Griffin Park interior, Brentford

Tottenham Hotspur loan star Alex Pritchard was brilliant once again for Brentford on Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard inspired his loan side Brentford to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Millwall in a pulsating Championship encounter.

The 21-year-old joined the Bees on loan for the season and has become a mainstay in the first-team, appearing in over 30 Championship fixtures.

He has formed a midfield partnership with Arsenal loan star Jon Toral, and the duo together have taken the club to the fringes of the top six and to within a real shout of promotion to the Premier League.

On Saturday, however, their hopes took a slight setback after being held to a 2-2 draw with the Lions but Pritchard’s display was yet further proof that he is ready for the Spurs first-team squad next season.

  GoalsShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesTacklesDef Duels WonBall RecoveriesMins Played
Alex Pritchard 1 5 6 86 40 3 8 7 90

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the youngster was instrumental in a number of key midfield categories and started the hosts’ comeback with his eighth goal of the campaign.

Aside from his well-taken strike, Pritchard took five shots and created as many as six chances via key passes – more than any other player on the pitch.

Furthermore, he was constantly picked out by his teammates and trusted to stamp his authority on the game, taking 86 touches and recording 40 accurate passes.

Defensively, the hosts were undone by two rather cheap goals but that shouldn’t take anything away from Pritchard’s dominant midfield display, recording eight defensive duel wins and seven ball recoveries.

Since Mauricio Pochettino took charge of the Lilywhites last summer, a number of youngsters have been given the opportunity to shine at White Hart Lane, notably Harry Kane and Ryan Mason.

The club are keen to promote from within and following Pritchard’s success so far this campaign, he has earned the right to have a shot at establishing himself in the Spurs first-team squad as of next season.

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