Alex Pritchard vs Nacer Chadli: The stats that show the academy graduate is ready for the Premier League

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The 22-year old returns to Tottenham Hotspur as he gears up for his first full season in the top-flight.

Tottenham's need for attacking reinforcements is apparent but worries over the lack of incomings so far this summer will be somewhat allayed by the return of Alex Pritchard.

The England under-21 international starred for Brentford in their promotion push last season and looked impressive in his limited time for England at the Under-21 European Championship last month, before an ankle injury ended his tournament.

The Spurs starlet is continuing on the road to recovery and was pictured at Hotspur Way today, on the club's official Twitter account, for the beginning of pre-season.

Operating from the left and cutting in onto his favoured right-foot, Pritchard’s main opponent for game time will be the impressive Nacer Chadli, who flourished in his second year at Spurs last season.

Comparing the respective league statistics for both players makes for interesting reading:

  Appearances Goals Assists Dribbles (per game)Crosses (per game)Key PassesPass Accuracy
Alex Pritchard 47 12 7 1.3 1.3 2.4 76.9%
Nacer Chadli 35 11 5 1.3 0.3 1.2 83.3%

Both players had highly productive campaigns, with Pritchard grabbing 12 goals and seven assists in his 47 Championship appearances and Chadli managing 11 goals and five assists in 35 Premier League outings.

They both made only 1.3 successful dribbles per game, a somewhat surprising statistic considering Pritchard's reputation for taking on defenders.

Differences in the style of play of each team is apparent in the crosses per game figures, with Pritchard crossing 1.3 times per game at Brentford compared to Chadli's 0.3 deliveries per game at Spurs.

Pritchard's most impressive measure is his key passes per game stat, making double that of Chadli with 2.4 per game to the Belgian's 1.2.

Chadli enjoyed a higher pass accuracy over the course of the season, however, registering 83.3% to Pritchard's 76.9%, but this difference is likely explained by their respective playing styles.

Higher numbers of crosses and key passes per game suggest more risk in the Englishman's attacking play, meaning turnovers in possession will be more commonplace.

While of course the fact that Pritchard's impressive returns have come in the Championship must be noted, there is no reason why he can't make the step up next year.

England's second tier is notoriously difficult for skilful, dribbling artists to thrive in, but Pritchard did exactly that.

In a Spurs team surrounded by higher quality team-mates and a league where connoisseurs of the most beautiful aspects of the beautiful game are offered more protection, the stage is set for Alex Pritchard's big introduction.

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