Tottenham's Alex Pritchard says he has been grafting for some time and hopes for first-team chance

The Tottenham Hotspur youngster is ready to kick on this season.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard has been speaking to Spurs TV following his brace in an under-21 match against Everton on Monday afternoon.

The 22-year-old has only just returned to training after suffering an ankle injury while playing for England in the recent European under-21 Championship.

Having impressed on loan at Brentford last season it seemed only a matter of time before Pritchard made his mark on Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team, but that injury meant his pre-season was spent recovering rather than taking part in the pre-season matches against the likes of Real Madrid and AC Milan.

However, he is now back to doing what he does best and in an interview with Spurs TV after his two-goal haul he explained his feelings and his hopes for the new season at Tottenham.

“The main thing is to get the minutes under my belt because obviously I haven’t played a match in pre-season so to come back and get the minutes and get the two goals is a plus,” he said.

“I’ve been grafting for a while now and hopefully it’ll pay me back getting into the squad, keep training hard so I am ready to kick on.”

Pritchard’s first goal was a fantastic free-kick and with that ability there is a good chance Tottenham fans will be seeing him step up for a set-piece or two in the coming months, with the player possessing the talent to score and create at White Hart Lane for years to come.

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