Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard showed once again why he is ready to be included in Spurs’ first-team squad next season with another wonderful midfield display.
The 21-year-old star joined Championship play-off hopefuls Brentford in the summer on a season-long loan and has been a mainstay in the first-team XI.
He has played a total of 39 league fixtures, scoring nine goals and assisting a further seven as Mark Warburton’s side look to achieve back-to-back promotions via the play-offs.
Pritchard has been key to the Bees’ top-six push, and his performance against fellow promotion rivals Derby County showed exactly why he has been touted for the Spurs first-team in 2015/16.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the England U21 international was dominant up against Irish and Scottish internationals Jeff Hendrick and Craig Bryson in the Rams midfield.
Aside from his well-taken first-half opener, Pritchard was a menace in the final third – taking as many as five shots and creating two chances via key passes.
He was constantly picked out by his teammates as he racked up 47 touches and distributed the ball well, recording 24 accurate passes.
Yet, arguably the most pleasing aspect of his performance was his willingness to work hard defensively and win possession back for his team, demonstrated by his impressive 10 ball recoveries.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino isn’t shy in giving young players the chance to make an impression at White Hart Lane, and Pritchard appears to have all of the attributes required to succeed in the Premier League.
With four games left of the current campaign, the Bees sit just outside the play-off pack, but on today’s showing they and Pritchard have every chance of a shot at promotion over the next six weeks.