Alex Pritchard’s profile has steadily grown this season and the consensus is that he will feature in some capacity at Tottenham Hotspur next season.
An aggressive and clinical Middlesbrough team thoroughly dominated proceedings at the Riverside, making Pritchard’s task a difficult one. He showed flashes of what has got Spurs fans so excited, with a couple of neat turns and his usual dribbling prowess, but overall his contribution wasn't telling.
As Brentford’s main attacking outlet, he was on the ball a fair bit – completing 36 passes in the attacking third - but converting that possession into meaningful attacks proved difficult.
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He was unable to provide a single accurate cross all game and only managed to set up a team-mate for a shot on goal on one occasion. One attempt at goal himself was all the 22-year-old could muster on a difficult night.
The combination of his role as the attacking focal point for Brentford and Middlesbrough’s aggressive defending saw Pritchard concede possession 28 times and only complete 70% of his passes.
Middlesbrough ran out 3-0 winners on the night and 5-1 winners on aggregate, booking their place in the play-off final and condemning Brentford to another season in the Championship.
Pritchard will now return to Spurs and look to build upon his fantastic loan spell, with followers of his parent club hoping performances like last night's remain the exception to the rule.