Tommy Smith, former team-mate of Alex Pritchard, shocked Tottenham sold him

Brentford's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring their first goal

The 23-year-old was sold to Norwich City earlier this week.

Brentford's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring their first goalBrentford's Alex Pritchard celebrates scoring their first goal

Tottenham Hotspur sold a talented young playmaker this week, with Alex Pritchard joining Norwich City in a deal reported to be worth around £8 million – according to the Daily Mail.

Tottenham had high hopes for Pritchard after a brilliant loan spell at Brentford in 2014-15 but the England youth international suffered an ankle injury last summer and then struggled on loan at West Brom.

Alex Pritchard of England during trainingAlex Pritchard of England during training

But despite failing to make many appearances for Spurs, two in fact, a former team-mate of his at Brentford is surprised that Spurs have decided to sell the 23-year-old.

Tommy Smith, who was at Brentford before retiring in 2015, said of the decision to sell Pritchard on Sky Sports News HQ today (05/08/2016):

Brighton's Inigo Calderon and Brentford's Tommy SmithBrighton's Inigo Calderon and Brentford's Tommy Smith

“I am surprised Tottenham have let him go.

“(Only two appearances for Spurs) surprises me. He got injured last season at the wrong time and then went on loan to West Brom which I don’t think was the right move for him, looking at the way West Brom play and his style.

England's Alex Pritchard sits on the bench before the matchEngland's Alex Pritchard sits on the bench before the match

“He kind of fits into Tottenham’s regime and the way they want to play and I am surprised they let him go with what they like to do with their young players and (they) give them a chance.”

The sale is perhaps odd. He is getting too old to be considered a prospect but Ryan Mason’s eventual Spurs breakthrough came at a similar age and it is a shock that he has not managed to make more of an impact at White Hart Lane.

Now that he has moved on to Carrow Road, the hope will be he can perform at the level he did at Griffin Park in 2014-15.

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