After emerging as one of Tottenham’s brightest young prospects, it’s fair to say Alex Pritchard’s career hasn’t exactly panned out exactly as he would have wanted.
The playmaker made his debut for the north Londoners in a Premier League clash against Aston Villa in May 2014, featuring in a 3-0 victory as a 21-year-old.
Tim Sherwood was the man who gave him his first senior bow for the club, while the game might now be best remembered as the day the then-Spurs boss gave one supporter the chance to sit in the hotseat for a couple of minutes.
After his departure, Pritchard found first-team minutes hard to come by, and while in March 2015 it was revealed that Mauricio Pochettino wanted to reintegrate him into the first-team setup at Tottenham, things just did not fall into place for him.
He made just the two total appearances for Spurs’ senior side, while he was perhaps most impressive in his loan spell at Brentford, where he managed 12 goals and seven assists in 47 games for the club.
Mark Warburton, his former manager at Brentford, said: “He can dominate a football. Alex is at his best with the ball at his feet. He sees a pass. He’s the best player I’ve seen in this division, certainly, to receive the ball on the half-turn at pace.
“Left or right side, he has the ability to take it on the half-turn and for us, how we play, that hurts the opposition. Technically he’s outstanding. For me, he is nailed on Premier League.”
Pritchard would then join Norwich on a permanent basis in the summer of 2016, but he has barely made an impression on the top-flight since then, with 48 appearances in the division and just three goals.
From being sold for around £8m to being valued at just £2.25m by Transfermarkt now, especially at an age of 28 where he should realistically be in the prime years of his career, is a real snapshot of his career.
Currently lying fourth in the table, but six points off the automatic spots, there is every chance still that Pritchard could be playing Championship football next season.
Despite that, it’s obviously a far cry from the kind of Premier League stardom which was no doubt anticipated when he first made his name known in a Spurs shirt having come through the academy.
Daniel Levy will no doubt be laughing all the way to the bank at seeing his sale of the midfielder turn out so well from a financial point of view.
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