If Leeds can sign Alex Pritchard on loan, it could be a game changer for them.
Brentford's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring their first goal
Leeds United have been linked by The Mirror with signing Alex Pritchard on a season long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs value Pritchard at £8 million, but Leeds - along with Newcastle- are hoping to secure the attacking midfielder on a loan deal.
With Pritchard still harbouring hopes of succeeding at Tottenham Hotspur despite being left off their pre-season tour to Australia, a loan switch rather than a permanent move may appeal.
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Pritchard is a player Leeds fans will be well aware of, after he scored the winning goal against them at Elland Road for Brentford in 2014/15, and helped the Bees to a home win at Griffin Park in the earlier fixture.
That season on loan at Brentford was an outstanding one for Pritchard, showing himself to be capable of playing at a competitive level, building on successful under-18 and under-21 performances for Tottenham.
The player he would compete against for a spot is Leeds' Player of the Season that campaign, Alex Mowatt, who the Spurs youngster scored more goals than, also creating more chances.
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Mowatt's place in the team should not be assured after a disappointing campaign last season, while Pritchard is also looking to bounce back from an injury hit campaign.
He needs regular football to get back on track, and over the course of a 46 game campaign for Leeds he would get more than his fair share.
Alex Pritchard of England during training for the under-21s
His talent would help lift any negative hangover from Lewis Cook's exit, and forge an exciting attack, complementing Kemar Roofe, Hadi Sacko and Stuart Dallas - along with Mowatt, as players who can play behind the striker in Garry Monk's 4-2-3-1 formation.
To pull off a deal Leeds will not be easy, with Premier League side Swansea interested on signing him permanently, and Newcastle's interest is clearly a threat.
But the Whites are in contention to secure his services, which is at present an encouraging sign, and Pritchard could be the game changer they need to boost their hopes of promotion.
Brentford's Alex Pritchard shoots at goal