Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino deserves some praise for the way he developed the club’s key youngsters last season, with the likes of Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason all playing well in the first team.
It’s important for the club that the boss continues that trend and one player who is likely to give him a headache is midfielder Alex Pritchard, who will be pushing for a role when he returns from an ankle injury.
The key question for the boss is how to use him and the best way to get the most out of him, as he looks to learn and develop.
Spurs fans commenting on the site have offered up their opinions, but are they right?
Yido1992NL: pritchard is a winger hes a left winger but we need a right winger and a striker and a holding mid really
Kevin Cassidy: If Pritchard is kept at the club this season he could kind of fill both of the midfield needs but he's not a winger
Pk: I think Pritchard will be playing regularly this coming season , probably coming on for Chadli or even Eriksen
Gary fox: I watched Brentford 4-5 times last year and Pritchard featured mainly on the right. Quality player
The merit in playing him out wide
There is merit in Pochettino playing Pritchard in a wider role, because it’s a key area of the squad where Spurs can use an extra body.
The central midfield options are already very strong and a position towards the right could work, with Andros Townsend utilised on the left hand side if the winger stays at the club.
The main danger in playing him out wide
There is a danger playing him in a wide right role, which is that he may have an urge to drift into a central position.
That’s going to put an awful lot of pressure on someone like Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier playing down the right, as they could be left exposed on the counter.
It’s unfortunate that Pochettino doesn’t have the chance to experiment, but Pritchard should eventually get a chance.