Pochettino explains Pritchard situation and gives Townsend transfer update

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The Tottenham Hotspur boss has been discussing two of his wingers.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has elaborated on the precarious situation Alex Pritchard has found himself in early on this season, according to London 24.

And, during the same press conference, Pochettino also gave a definitive transfer update on Andros Townsend.

Indeed, according to the Spurs boss, Pritchard is virtually only just undergoing his own pre-season, such have his injury problems been.

The Argentine is quoted as telling reporters: "He started training with the group a week or two ago and this is not easy for the young players, who need to show the manager [what they can do] and work with the rest of the team. The way that we play - high-tempo - always it’s difficult and he needs the pre-season. And now it’s like he is in his pre-season."

And, on Townsend, the Tottenham coach said: "He’s part of my plans.

"It was difficult for him from the beginning of pre-season because he was injured - his shoulder and then his ankle - and it’s been difficult for him to train properly and to fight for his place in the team. I think he’s played a lot [since I arrived], I think he shared the same minutes as [Erik] Lamela last season."

The wrong call?

The problem with Pritchard's lack of fitness, of course, is that it may well cost him a place in Tottenham's first team this season. The 22-year-old has been linked with a loan move recently and HITC Sport understand Norwich City are at the front of the queue.

And that could ultimately leave Pochettino making the wrong call, ending up having to rely on Townsend once again - who disappointed far too often last season.

Of course, with Heung-Min Son, Clinton Njie and possibly another forward coming in during the transfer window, Tottenham may have plenty more options out wide, forcing Townsend out of the side if he frustrates again. But, had circumstances allowed, it would have been far better to see Pritchard involved ahead of the 24-year-old. Maybe he still might be.

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