Why didn't Pochettino put Pritchard on the Tottenham bench against Leicester?

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The Tottenham Hotspur manager made a mistake not selecting the young midfielder at the weekend.

When Tottenham Hotspur took on Leicester City on Saturday there were some interesting selections on Spurs’ bench, with Dele Alli, Josh Onomah and Tom Carroll all ready to be called on if necessary.

Ultimately it was Alli who appeared to come to the rescue, only to see his late goal cancelled out by the in-form Riyad Mahrez; but there was a notable absentee from the Tottenham bench that may well have frustrated more than a few of the club’s supporters.

Alex Pritchard shone on loan for Brentford last season, scoring 12 goals and providing seven assists for the Championship club and proving emphatically that he is ready for a chance under Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

An injury over the summer delayed his progress but when you consider he was in action for the club’s under-21s just 24 hours later, one wonders why Pritchard was not one of the next generation ready to help against the Foxes.

After all, he is the biggest goal-threat if last season is anything to go by; a player who – along with Alli – could be a key part of Tottenham’s side for the next decade.

Instead Pritchard had to watch the match like so many frustrated fans, getting a run out against Sunderland’s under-21s on Sunday and wondering when his breakthrough will come.

It will – he is too talented for it not to – but it is interesting and somewhat confusing that Pochettino opted not to pick Pritchard on the bench when the likes of Carroll and Onomah made it.

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