Mark Warburton: Alex Pritchard must 'deal with hurdles' at Tottenham next season

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Brentford boss Mark Warburton has backed Alex Pritchard for success at Tottenham.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton has told The Guardian that Alex Pritchard will make the grade at Tottenham, but will have to handle 'hurdles' at White Hart Lane.

Pritchard, 22, joined Spurs from West Ham United back in 2009, and whilst he has largely been in the reserve teams at Tottenham, he did make his Premier League debut under Tim Sherwood last season, coming on as a substitute against Aston Villa on the final day of the campaign.

After loan spells with Peterborough United and Swindon Town in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons respectively, Pritchard was farmed out on loan again for the 2014-15 campaign, this time joining Brentford - making the step up to the Championship.

This move was to be a big test for Pritchard. If he was to make the grade at Spurs, he would have to impress in the second tier - and that's just what he has done.

The playmaker has racked up 12 goals and seven assists for the Bees this term, providing a creative spark for Warburton's men as they landed a play-off place in their first season back in the Championship.

Brentford now face Middlesbrough tonight in the second leg of their play-off semi-final, and given that they trail 2-1 from the first leg, this could be Pritchard's final game for the club.

A return to Tottenham is drawing ever closer, but manager Warburton has backed him for success under Mauricio Pochettino - even if the midfielder does have to overcome some difficulties as he adjusts to not playing week in and week out as he has done at Griffin Park. 

"I think Alex goes on to grace White Hart Lane," said Warbuton. "He’s got so much ability and he’s hungry for more. I think he’ll grace the international stage, too. I’d love to see him do well for Gareth Southgate’s under-21s this summer."

"He’s got to deal with many things. When you go back to a club of Tottenham’s size, you’ve got to deal with other hurdles. Don’t forget, he’s had a lot of pitch time here. It’s about dealing with that. But for me, he just has so much ability and he is a very bright, young British talent. I think he will play at the very highest level, I really do. He has that edge to his game," he added.

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