According to a report from the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to let Alex Pritchard go back out on loan later this season, but this time manager Mauricio Pochettino would prefer him to play in the Premier League.
It is being claimed that Pritchard has the first half of the season to stake his claim for regular first-team inclusion at White Hart Lane, but that if he does not manage it he will spend the early months of 2016 elsewhere, preferably at another top flight club.
The midfielder scored 12 goals and set up seven more as he helped Brentford reach the play-offs last season, and that form was seen by many Tottenham fans as a successful audition ahead of a crack at Pochettino’s first-team.
Injury robbed him of the chance to feature during pre-season but he has since returned and made the bench prior to the international break.
If the latest report from the Mail is true it is a win-win situation for Pritchard. If he impresses sufficiently in the short term then he has done his job and stepped up after his fine form last season, but if he does not he will still have the chance to feature elsewhere in the Premier League and there are sure to be plenty of suitors.
It is exciting that Pochettino wants to see him up close in the coming months and the sheer number of games Tottenham must play will ensure Pritchard gets minutes.
It is what he does with those minutes that will determine how this season pans out, although either way he still has the talent to be a future star in North London.