Pritchard joins West Brom on loan

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Alex Pritchard has joined West Brom on loan until the end of the season, joining days after former Spurs midfielder Sandro Raniere.

Pritchard, 22, has spent much of his career out on loan having risen through the ranks at White Hart Lane.

Pritchard made his debut for the club in 2014, and spent most of last year on loan at Brentford where he was a core player- netting 12 goals in 47 appearances for The Bees. He has also had loan spells at Peterborough and Swindon Town.

Though he’s yet to make a significant impression on the Tottenham Hotspur first team, Pritchard is highly valued at the club having signing a new four year deal at the club last summer.

The hope is that the winger can benefit from the club’s loan scheme that has seen the likes of Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend develop into viable first team options, despite being past the conventional age that one might expect an academy player to be promoted from the youth set-up. This, again, is testament to Pochettino’s readiness to allow players to develop under his guidance.

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Mason had a succession of loans before breaking into the Spurs first team

Pritchard will hopefully be eligible to play in West Brom’s fixture against Swansea and the loan should provide the Spurs coaching staff the opportunity to assess whether the Englishman is ready to step up to the rigours of the Premier League. Hopefully the prospect will find it easier to come by opportunities under Tony Pulis than Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry has.

By Joe Thomas

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