Three reasons Alex Pritchard has a bright Spurs future despite wasted campaign

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The Tottenham youngster's loan spell hasn't gone as planned.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard has played 70 minutes of senior football since making the mid-season switch to West Bromwich Albion on loan.

That's far less than Spurs will have hoped for and is unlikely to improve soon, with Pritchard demoted to the Baggies' Under-21 squad this week - ironically playing more minutes (89) in one appearance than he has all season at first-team level.

Despite his failure to kick on following a productive spell at Brentford last season, Pritchard's White Hart Lane career is far from over. Here are three reasons why...

Pochettino - Head coach Mauricio Pochettino has not been afraid to bring players back from the cold, so why would Pritchard be any different?

Mousa Dembele started 10 league games last season and will be one short of trebling that figure should he begin each of Spurs' remaining league fixtures, while Tom Carroll has made 29 appearances this term, following a similarly (albeit not quite as) unproductive spell on loan.

Ryan Mason's career also appeared to be heading nowhere until the Argentine turned up.

New contract - Pritchard signed a new four-year deal last summer, which shows how highly he is regarded at White Hart Lane.

However, he was struck down by injury shortly after, restricting his progress at Spurs and prompting the switch to West Brom.

Almost certainly, it would have been a different story were it not for the former.

Versatility - The 22-year-old is effectively competing for four positions upon his return to Tottenham, which will only increase his chances of playing.

He's not a Michel Vorm waiting for Hugo Lloris to get injured, he could fill in for any of Spurs' midfielders - right wing, left wing, number 10 and even centre-mid.

It's a trait of which Pochettino will surely approve.

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