Report: Alex Pritchard given until January to impress at Tottenham

The 22-year-old could be loaned out if he fails to make a breakthrough.

Tottenham Hotspur academy prospect Alex Pritchard will be given until the January transfer window to prove his worth, according to the Daily Mail.

The report claims that Spurs turned down loan proposals for the winger from the likes of Norwich City in the summer to give him a fair crack of the whip at White Hart Lane before deciding on whether to ship him out.

Big things are expected of the England Under-21 international after a stunning campaign with Brentford last season, but his charge towards the Spurs first-team took a hit this summer.

Pritchard suffered a nasty ankle injury while representing England at the Under-21 European Championship in June and his pre-season preparations were heavily disrupted.

The 22-year old failed to appear in any of the Lilywhites’ pre-season friendlies and only returned to full fitness a few weeks ago.

He built up his match-sharpness with a couple of appearances for Tottenham’s development team before grabbing his first competitive minutes with a late cameo in the goalless draw with Everton.

Pritchard will be hoping to make his mark in the coming weeks, having recently signed a new long-term deal, but he faces stiff competition with new signings Heung-Min Son and Clinton N'Jie adding to Tottenham's already substantial collection of attacking midfielders.

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