It looks increasingly like Tottenham attacker Alex Pritchard made personal error with transfer

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

Alex Pritchard's decision to join West Brom on loan from Tottenham is so far not working out.

Promising Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard is facing an uphill task to turn his West Bromwich Albion loan into a productive one.

The 22-year-old signed for the Baggies on loan on transfer deadline day, but has been unable to make an impact. On Sunday he was an unused substitute as West Brom beat Manchester United, a result which is unlikely to convince boss Tony Pulis to shake up his team selection.

Just over a month into his loan switch, Pritchard is yet to start a game, and has only one substitute appearance to his name.

It is far from ideal for a player who spent the first part of the season out with ankle surgery and saw Josh Onomah overtake him in the pecking order at Tottenham.

This was supposed to be Pritchard's breakthrough year after a superb loan spell with Brentford in the Championship last season, before an ankle injury on international duty with England's under-21 side wrecked his season.

He made just one substitute appearance for Spurs before his loan move, but at the Baggies he is getting on no better, echoing the failure Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has had in convincing Tony Pulis to pick him.

Pritchard has been unlucky that he has arrived at a moment where West Brom are picking up form, but the hope was that regardless of this, he would be forcing his way into the XI.

Perhaps moving to a Premier League side and expecting game time straight after his ankle surgery was overly ambitious, and he should have taken the chance to head back on loan to a Championship side instead. Perhaps West Brom is simply a bad fit.

He has nine games left to rescue his loan move, and his season, and pick up some momentum and confidence heading into 2016/17.


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