Alex Pritchard has told the Birmingham Mail that the fact he felt sharp on his West Bromwich Albion debut was a big positive.
The Tottenham Hotspur loanee made his debut for the Baggies against Newcastle United at the weekend after he came off the substitutes’ bench in the second-half.
The appearance was Pritchard’s first since he broke his ankle, but the attacking midfielder said that he felt no return of the injury during the contest.
"I was keen to get back in and get my fitness up because it's been a while since I played," Pritchard said.
"On Saturday I didn't feel out of sorts and did feel comfortable out there with my fitness which was a big positive for me.
"I'm at a new team and we need to put some performances in."
Pritchard looked West Brom’s liveliest player when he came on at St. James’ Park, but he was still unable to stop Tony Pulis’ side from falling to a 1-0 defeat.
The Baggies rarely threatened during the contest, and their defeat has dragged them back into the relegation fight.
Pritchard’s debut was one of the only positives to come out of the performance at St. James’ Park, and he could be given the opportunity to build on that display tomorrow night.
West Brom are set to take on Peterborough United in an FA Cup fourth round replay, and it is believed that Pritchard could be set to make his first start for the Baggies in that fixture.