Alex Pritchard: Returning to Tottenham this summer will be 'tough and difficult'

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Brentford midfielder Alex Pritchard says his return to Tottenham this summer will be 'tough'.

Tottenham playmaker Alex Pritchard has told the Brentford official website that his impending return to White Hart Lane will be 'difficult'.

Pritchard, 22, has been on the books at Tottenham since his 2009 move from London rivals West Ham United, and made his debut under former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood last season.

That came after a productive loan spell at Swindon Town, and in order to continue his development, Tottenham let Pritchard leave on loan again, this time to Brentford.

The Bees have been challenging for promotion this term, and much of that has been down to Prtichard's success at Griffin Park.

With 12 goals and seven assists this season, Pritchard has been one of the stars of the Championship season, proving just why he is so highly rated at Tottenham.

Brentford's play-off campaign got off to a bad start on Friday night with a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, and whilst Pritchard will be desperate to help Mark Warburton's men overturn that deficit, he knows that next season he will be back at Tottenham.

Pritchard is likely to be cover for Christian Eriksen as the central playmaker under Mauricio Pochettino next season, but has told the Brentford official website that a return to White Hart Lane will be 'tough' having enjoyed his loan spell at Brentford so much this season.

"It has been amazing at Brentford," said Pritchard. "Everyone has been incredible and it is going to be tough leaving but that is the way football is."

"I came into the building and got on well with the lads, I felt like part of the team from the early stages so it will be difficult. Hopefully there are three games left but I will enjoy them. It has been a massive boost for me on for next year," he added.

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