Alex Pritchard Championship loan?

Newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers want highly rated 21 year-old Tottenham talent, Alex Pritchard.

Alex Pritchard Championship loan?


The diminutive Pritchard is full of skill and enjoyed a successful loan spell at League One Swindon Town last season. Such was his success there that he was voted the second best player in the whole division.

An interview given by Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper to the local media demonstrates the value of these loan spell and why it was one of the best things Tim Sherwood did in his time at Tottenham, start to utilise the loan system.

Young Pritchard had to get used to new surrounding and grow up both as a player and a person, he'll have more growing to do this coming season so a loan spell in the Championship looks on the cards.


Tim Sherwood gave him seven minutes in the last game of the season in which I think he touched the ball once. Having him in the squad, then on the bench and finally on the field was the carrot you dangle a player. You are saying to him, this is what it is like, this is what you are aiming for, it is intended to inspire him.

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Pritchard scored 8 times and had 8 assists for Swindon Town and Mark Cooper certainly feels he has the talent to make it in the Premier League in the future.

“I think he’s learnt how to live, how to act as a first-team professional. To come into an environment where three points mean everything coming home on the coach on a Saturday evening is different to a development game.

“At the start he found that difficult and week by week he got better and better. The biggest accolade you can get when you come to a club is that you have the respect of your teammates and when he goes away I know his teammates will think ‘I tell you what, that Alex Pritchard was some player’.

“That, for me, is the biggest accolade you can get."


Pritchard is a fiery character and he had his disciplinary problems, indeed he got sent off for back chatting to a referee, an experience he vowed to learn from and curb that aspect of his game.

“He’s become less chatty to the referees but more to me. I think he’s going to be a decent manager because he’s got plenty to say. All joking aside, he’s been brilliant to work with. Of course he’s had his moments and he’s frustrated spectators sometimes with his dissent but he’s a little lad and when you get kicked that many times I think he feels as though he’s got to say something back.

“He’s learnt the art now of how to wind up opposition players and opposition fans without really getting too involved with them, he just lets his feet do the talking.

“Sometimes I stand on the sideline and, if he’s on my side, I can hear opposition fans shouting at him 30 seconds into the game, desperate to try to wind him up. He just turns around and gives them a little wink and a smile now and I think you can tell how good a player is when fans start doing that.

“He’s come here as an exciting talent and I think he’ll go away being a little bit more of a finished article.

“He’s got more to do and I’m sure when he goes back to Tottenham, Tim and Les and Chris will make him even better. I’m convinced he’ll end up being a really good footballer.”

The next step may well be a loan spell at the next division up, the Championship and Wolves have expressed an interest in taking him on loan next season. Scouts for Kenny Jackett, the former Wales and Watford player now managing Wolves, watched Pritchard all last season.

They will face competition from a number of Championship side with Wigan having already expressed their desire to take him next season.




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