How Alex Pritchard has proven himself good enough for Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard has proven himself in the Championship, and he is now ready for Spurs.

Pritchard has been excellent in the Championship this season, and being voted as one of the top 10 players in the division is no less than he deserves.

The 21-year-old winger has used this season in West London to impress Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino, and it is hard to deny that his influence in the attacking third is a main reason that Brentford are still fighting for promotion.

In 43 league games, Pritchard has 11 goals and seven assists, and his ability to create chances is second to none. In relation to his peers at White Hart Lane, Pritchard actually plays a key pass at a faster rate than the likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.

  Goal AssistMins per Key PassMins per Successful Dribble
Alex Pritchard 7 32.7 72.1
Christian Eriksen 2 38.3 65.5
Nacer Chadli 5 52.8 57.4
Erik Lamela 6 42.3 38.8

His attacking work is far better than any of his contemporaries in North London, and although he is playing in a division weaker than the Premier League, his achievements should not be disregarded.

However, it is not enough to just be a good attacker to fit into Pochettino’s set-up, with the high-pressing system requiring the forwards to be able to defend as well as their usual attacking role.

Fortunately for Pritchard, he has been playing under Mark Warburton, a coach who preaches many of the same philosophies as Pochettino. This means the young winger has spent the entire season defending from the front line, and his statistics do much to prove that he is capable of starting for the Lilywhites next term.

  Mins PlayedMins per Tackle WonMins per Interception
Pritchard 3533 64.2 103.9
Eriksen 2752 74.4 137.6
Chadli 2008 100.4 167.3
Lamela 1863 35.2 56.5

Pritchard is second only to Lamela in terms of his defensive contribution when featuring in games, and he makes a number of defensive actions per game. It is a surprise that Lamela is currently the most defensive of all the Spurs front three, although he has played much less football, and so is much fresher when taking to the field.

This ties in with the best part of Pritchard’s season, being the fact that he has put in the best pressing performance of any of Tottenham’s players, despite the fact he has played almost 1000 minutes more of action than second-most picked Eriksen.

Not only is he pressing in the style that Pochettino wants, but he is not becoming jaded in that style, and is keeping it up in a competition with more games than the Premier League.

Pritchard has done more than enough to warrant a place in the Argentine coach’s first-team plans next season, and it would be a travesty if the young forward is sent on loan again.

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