This pre-season is vital for Tottenham's Alex Pritchard

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The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has a big summer ahead of him.

This season was expected to be a huge one for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Alex Pritchard. However an injury suffered in the summer meant he was ruled out for much of the campaign, only returning to full fitness in January.

That month he moved on loan to West Bromwich Albion where he was expected to make a significant impact at The Hawthorns, but instead he has struggled for game-time, featuring only three times to date.

With little chance of a West Brom breakthrough in the remaining weeks of this season, Pritchard would not be blamed for already looking ahead to the summer, when he will get another chance to impress Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Pre-season will be vital for all Tottenham’s players but for Pritchard it will take on added importance because he will know he has slipped down the pecking order and more fresh faces are likely to arrive in the upcoming transfer window.

While many expected Pritchard to be Spurs’ breakthrough youngster this season, Dele Alli, Eric Dier and, to a lesser extent, Josh Onomah have taken that role.

Cameron Carter-Vickers and Harry Winks will be eying a similar transition next season so Pritchard must hit the ground running when Tottenham’s players return from their break.

There is no doubt he has the talent to excel at White Hart Lane, but he will now be desperate to make up for lost time.

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