Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard has told the FA’s official website why he feels the under-21 ranks at the club have been important to his development.
Pritchard impressed for the Tottenham youth ranks to the extent where he warned a loan move to Championship side Brentford last season, where he impressed in Mark Warburton’s final campaign at the club.
Now he’s faced with the very big challenge of forcing his way into a talented Tottenham midfield over the next few months.
“The U21 Premier League is a massive part of you getting to that stage. It's great, playing against some of the best young players at a young age and then you get to the age when you want to go out and play first-team football,” he told thefa.com.
“For me, I've played two years with Spurs' U21s and then had to go on loan to get my experience that way. Hopefully, now I can go and play in the Premier League.”
Patience is key at Tottenham
Patience is arguably necessary for any youngster at Tottenham looking to rise up through the ranks and make a name for himself.
Even Harry Kane, the club’s top scorer last season, had to spend a lot of time on loan away from the club after graduating from the youth system, before he eventually got a shot in the first team.
What’s encouraging for the youngsters at Spurs is that the standards are so high, which means the players are constantly challenging each other to progress and improve.
Will Pritchard get a chance under Pochettino?
There’s no reason he shouldn’t and there’s no reason he can’t slot in nicely on the right hand side of Tottenham’s midfield.
It’s going to be more difficult for him to feature through the middle of the team where Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino already has plenty of options.
For Pritchard, he’s just got to show the intelligence and ability to adapt if he is forced to come into the team in a different position and role.