Report: Tim Sherwood keen on reunion with Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard at Aston Villa

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

The 22-year-old winger could reportedly spend next season on loan at Villa Park if Mauricio Pochettino decides he is not ready for the Spus first-team.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is looking to bring Tottenham Hotspur winger Alex Pritchard to the West Midlands for next season, according to the Telegraph.

Pritchard, 22, has spent this term on loan at Brentford, where he has been in superb form, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year and club’s Players’ Player of the Year award after recording 12 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances.

Tottenham’s current plan is to let head coach Mauricio Pochettino take a closer look at him during pre-season before deciding whether he is prepared for the Spurs first-team, with another loan move said to be a potential option.

A return to Brentford, who go into Friday night’s home leg of their Championship play-off semi-final series against Middlesbrough looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit, is not out of the question should the Bees secure promotion, but Premier League rivals Villa are also said to be in the conversation.

 2014-15 Championship GoalsAssistsTotal Key Passes GAMEPassing AccuracyTotal Crosses GAMECrossing AccuracyTotal Dribbles GAMEDribble AccuracyTouches GAMEDispossessed GAMEAppearancesMins Played
Alex Pritchard 12 7 2.48 77% 6.04 22% 2.67 42% 66.2 2.57 46 3,778

Sherwood worked with Pritchard during his time on Tottenham’s coaching staff and also handed the former West Ham United trainee his club debut during his six-month stint as manager in the final game of last season – a 3-0 win over Villa, no less.

A switch to Villa Park would make good sense for the England Under-21 international, whose Spurs contract expires in 2016, with the claret and blues needing reinforcements in wide areas ahead of what looks set to be Sherwood’s first full top-flight campaign as a manager.

The chances of a permanent move appear to be slim for the moment, though, with Tottenham reported to be reluctant to sell the promising midfielder after seeing the huge progress he has made in the second-tier this term.

Nevertheless, a short-term move to Villa for regular action under Sherwood’s guidance would seem like a sensible route to take should Pochettino have no place for him in his squad next season, with the North London outfit then having the option to further evaluate his potential from there.

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