Why there is only one sensible choice for Pritchard if Newcastle and Napoli are really interested

General view outside St James' Park

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder could be set for a move this summer.

Brentford's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring their first goal

According to a recent report from the print edition of the Sun (21/6/2016 page 50) Newcastle United are interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard this summer.

Fast-forward 24 hours and Sky Sports claimed that Italian side Napoli are also keen on the 23-year-old.

But assuming Tottenham are willing to sell Pritchard this summer – and it remains a big if considering his undeniable if stagnating talent – there is only one sensible choice for the midfielder and that is to head to St James’ Park.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Moving to one of the biggest clubs in Italy would no doubt be appealing, yet Pritchard needs to put his career back on track after injuries robbed him of the chance to build on his superb loan spell at Brentford, and the best way for him to do that is to shine for Newcastle.

The Magpies need some new heroes after a woeful Premier League campaign saw them relegated into the second tier, and Pritchard’s experience and record at that level could prove invaluable.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino with Mousa Dembele as he prepares to come on

During his loan spell at Brentford he scored 12 goals and provided seven assists to help the club into the play-offs and at Newcastle he could do even better.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may yet have big plans for Pritchard, whose contract at White Hart Lane runs until 2019, but with new signings likely to arrive and the competition for places already at Spurs Pritchard may have a decision to make.

If that is the case a switch to Newcastle would be the best for all concerned.

Alex Pritchard of England during training

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