Peter Taylor: I'm not sure Alex Pritchard is a 'top four' player yet

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Former England under-21 manager Peter Taylor says Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard needs to work hard to reach elite level status.

Former England under-21 boss Peter Taylor told Sky Sports that he’s not sure whether Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard is a top four calibre player.

Taylor holds no doubt over the potential Pritchard possesses as he looks for a chance in the first team at White Hart Lane next season, following an impressive spell in the Championship with Brentford.

Taylor spent time last season watching Pritchard play in a number of matches and has suggested that he’s definitely got an exciting future ahead of him.

“Thankfully for him, size won’t matter. He’s that good. He’s not afraid to take the ball in tight areas and he’s not afraid of a tackle. I’ve been doing some scouting this season and watching him play so I’ve seen quite a lot of him,” he said.

“He’s a very intelligent footballer, honestly. He a terrific player with a terrific touch and a footballing brain. He will make goals.”

“Is he a top-four player? I’m not sure.”

The problem for Pritchard is that he plays predominantly in a position where Christian Eriksen is currently the first choice option under Mauricio Pochettino.

Eriksen has excelled in terms of being the driving force behind Tottenham’s midfield and his ability to create is also superb from a playmaker type of position.

Central midfield is a heavily congested area of the Spurs squad and Pritchard will need to leave a major impression in the mind of Pochettino during pre-season if he wants to feature in that area.

It may be the case that he’s forced to adapt to a slightly different position just to get some game time next year, with a wide role on the right a potential option.

However, Pochettino will be reluctant to make the change because of how talented Pritchard has looked in his natural position.

He may not be a top four calibre player yet, but there’s no reason he can’t feature prominently in a campaign where Spurs are chasing Champions League football.

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