Why is Tottenham's Alex Pritchard in trouble at Swindon?

Tottenham Alex Pritchard

On loan Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard is in trouble with Swindon boss Mark Cooper.

Alex Pritchard is one of the most talented young players that Spur and England have but his current manager Mark Cooper has highlighted a possible flaw with the youngster.

The 20-year-old is on loan with Swindon for this season and has already made a big impact with a goal and two assists from six league appearances so far this season.

However, cooper has told him to get on top of his temper and curb his aggression because it’s threatening to become a problem.

Pritchard picked up his fifth booking of the season last weekend in the match against Wolves, which is astonishing considering Swindon have only played seven league matches so far this season.

“I think Alex thinks he knows he’s got to curb his temper, he can’t keep on picking up bookings like that,” said Cooper.

It’s one thing for a youngster to be passionate and to show that youthful drive and enthusiasm when he’s out on loan but Tottenham are going to be monitoring and watching him all the time.

Tackling doesn’t seem to be the issue because he appears to have great timing but Cooper points out one of the main problems is the way Pritchard chirps away at referees throughout games.

“The tackle on Saturday I’ve seen again and it was a very good tackle. He got the ball cleanly. He didn’t deserve to be booked and he doesn’t deserve to be suspended but because of the other bookings he’s picked up for chipping away at the referees,” added Cooper.

So what do Spurs do about it if he returns with an appalling disciplinary record?

Well the short answer is, nothing.

Pritchard seems like a player who performs at his best when he’s wound up, looking to cause chaos around the pitch and make a point.

Cooper is handling the situation well because it would be pointless to take him to one side and tell him to calm down because it would mute the effectiveness of his game entirely.

It’s also an area of his game and professional personality that he needs to work out himself because Tottenham shouldn’t have to rely on AVB or any other boss to give him pep talks about behaviour.

What do you think? Could it turn into a big problem?

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