Warburton rubbishes main concern over Tottenham's Alex Pritchard

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Brentford boss Mark Warburton isn't worried about a negative attached to Tottenham Hotspur owned Alex Pritchard.

Brentford manager Mark Warburton eased a main concern on talkSPORT relating to Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard.

The midfielder has been on loan with the Bees where he has been successful and Warburton was pressed on the idea that Pritchard is too small to have a big impact in the Premier League.

However, he doesn’t think that will be an issue because of the skillset the England youth international has been able to build.

“I think the fact that he can dominate a football, that’s the key for me, it doesn’t matter if you’re five foot or six foot six, you’ve got to look after the football – Alex, he excels in those areas, he’s comfortable and he wants the ball – he takes it under pressure and he’s got a very quick half turn,” said Warburton.

Pritchard’s impact out on loan creates a good contrast and resemblance to two current first team players under Mauricio Pochettino; Harry Kane and Ryan Mason.

Both of those players endured the loan moves before they got a chance at White Hart Lane and Pritchard is the same, having done everything asked of him so far by the North London club.

Whether he’ll get a crack at the start of next season for Tottenham is debatable because his best position is through the middle, in behind the main attacker.

That’s the current role occupied by Christian Eriksen who is arguably a level above Pritchard at the moment.

He may have to start the season out of position for Tottenham down one side of the midfield, drifting into the areas where he is more effective.

However, Spurs definitely have a top talent on their hands and it will be interesting to see how Pochettino utilises him.

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