Tottenham Hotspur have produced a lot of thrilling abilities through the years, with the likes of Jamie Redknapp, Nick Barmby, Sol Campbell, Ledley King and Harry Kane having all graduated from the Hotspur Approach setup earlier than having fun with nice careers within the skilled sport.
Nevertheless, whereas Kane – who has gone on to attain 255 targets in 396 appearances for the membership – is arguably certainly one of Spurs’ best-ever youth merchandise, there was one other participant within the 29-year-old’s age group who lots of the Tottenham Hotspur devoted had even increased hopes for – Alex Pritchard.
Certainly, after extremely impressing within the varied youth age teams at Hotspur Approach, the attacking midfielder was loaned out to Swindon City for the 2013/14 marketing campaign with a view to present him with priceless first-team minutes to proceed his growth within the skilled sport.
And, after scoring six targets and offering ten assists over 36 League One appearances that season, along with scoring an additional two targets and registering one help over seven outings within the EFL Trophy and League Cup, it very a lot appeared that Pritchard was certainly an exhilarating prospect.
This notion continued after an additional spell away from north London the next season, with the ahead bagging 12 targets and offering seven assists over 47 Championship fixtures for Brentford in 2014/15 – serving to the Bees attain the play-off semi-finals that 12 months.
Nevertheless, following a much less profitable mortgage at West Bromwich Albion in 2015/16 – taking part in simply 69 minutes of soccer for the Baggies – and making simply two senior appearances for Tottenham, Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino determined that, when Norwich Metropolis made an £8m provide for the midfielder in 2016, the time was proper for Spurs to money in.
Following this deal, the previous England U21 worldwide shared his delight at securing a transfer away from north London, stating in an interview with The Mirror: “It was a bit disappointing to lastly go away Spurs. However in the long run, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. They simply by no means gave me an opportunity.”
Though, regardless of a shiny begin to life after Tottenham at Carrow Street – scoring eight targets and registering 12 assists over 43 appearances in all competitions – the midfielder’s £10m transfer to Huddersfield City in January of 2018 marked a devastating turning level in his profession.
Certainly, scoring simply three targets over 83 appearances in what was an injury-laden three-and-a-half-year spell at The John Smith’s Stadium, Pritchard would finally go away the Championship aspect on a free switch on the finish of the 2020/21 marketing campaign, earlier than taking an additional step down the footballing pyramid to be part of League One Sunderland that summer time.
And, whereas the 29-year-old has began to indicate indicators of life at The Stadium of Mild – scoring 4 targets and registering 16 assists over his 58 fixtures in all competitions, serving to the Mackems seal promotion in 2021/22 – it’s abundantly clear that Pritchard merely didn’t have what it takes to make it on the very prime of the English sport.
As such, with the midfielder at the moment boasting a Transfermarkt worth of simply £1.8m – a whopping 78% decrease than the £8m Levy bought him for again in 2016 – it’s clear that the Tottenham chairman very a lot hit the jackpot when parting with Pritchard, because the as soon as so promising teenager has didn’t ever stay as much as early expectations.