Four Football League stars set for Premier League breakthroughs, including Alex Pritchard and Dele Alli

After fantastic campaigns in the lower leagues, Alex Pritchard, Dele Alli, Patrick Bamford and Benik Afobe are on course for the top flight.

Alex Pritchard (21) – Brentford (Spurs)

Skillful, pacey and with a keen eye for goal, Alex Pritchard has enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at Brentford. Notching 11 goals and seven assists so far, Pritchard has been instrumental in the Bees' push for the play-off places. A direct, tricky forward who operates across the attacking midfield three – Pritchard’s main strengths are his dribbling technique, shooting ability and set-piece delivery. He’ll be confident of pushing for a starting spot upon his return to Spurs, with Mauricio Pochettino reportedly a big admirer.

Dele Alli (19) - MK Dons (Spurs)

A powerful, athletic, box-to-box midfielder with a healthy goal-scoring habit, Dele Alli has drawn comparisons to some of the greats of the game - Steven Gerrard chief among them. A fantastic return of 16 goals in 38 games from central midfield has seen Alli’s stature rise this season, culminating in his award for Football League Young Player of the Year. Spurs paid £5 million for his services in January but allowed him to return to the Dons until the summer. Both Spurs and Alli will fully expect his inclusion in the first team squad next season.

Patrick Bamford (21) – Middlesbrough (Chelsea)

On loan at Middlesbrough, the Chelsea man has had an outstanding season, bagging 19 goals in his 38 appearances. Intelligent with his movement and clinical in front of goal, Patrick Bamford is deceptively quick and, at 6”1, is able to mix it with the league’s notoriously aggressive centre-backs. Operating as a striker or in a slightly deeper attacking midfield role, Bamford has turned heads at his parent club. With Diego Costa’s fitness concerns, Loic Remy’s indifferent form and Didier Drogba’s waning influence, there’s a chance Bamford will be given his opportunity at Chelsea next season. More likely however, is a loan move to a Premier League club.

Benik Afobe (22) – Wolves

Signing for £2 million from Arsenal in January, Benik Afobe has been in sensational form this season. Bagging 19 goals in 29 games while on loan at MK Dons in the first half of the season, Afobe has grabbed an additional 13 in 20 for Wolves since January. Blessed with pace and strength and prolific in front of goal, Afobe has all the tools to compete at the top. With a play-off place looking unlikely for Wolves, the Midlands club will have a task on their hands to keep hold of one of English football's hottest properties.

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