It's no exaggeration to say that Brentford have been the surprise packages of the Championship this season. Following their promotion from League One - which in itself was considered an achievement at the time - the West London outfit have lit up the Championship this season with some surprising star turns from such players as Andre Gray, Harlee Dean and Jota. However, one player has notably stood out as a clear future Premier League player: Alex Pritchard, their on-loan talisman in central midfield.
Pritchard has been highly rated for a good few years now. Indeed, he was almost snapped up by Liverpool a couple of years ago when the Reds poached Spurs' U21s manager Alex Inglethorpe, however Pritchard resisted, signed professional terms. Following this, Pritchard was first loaned out to Peterborough and then to Swindon Town, where he nailed down a regular starting spot. With the routine of playing week-in, week-out, Pritchard lit up League One as a classy, intelligent, dynamic midfielder, receiving nominations for both the PFA League One Best Player and Best Young Player Awards with his brilliant, dominant performances.
Eager to see him tested against tougher opposition, Spurs then loaned Pritchard to Brentford upon their promotion, where coach Mark Warburton - a Spurs fan and excellent youth coach - has taken Pritchard under his wing and built him into the heart of the Brentford midfield. Pritchard is a very clever, very agile, attack-minded player, who has a spectacular eye for through-balls as well as a tidy finish when required. Brentford have already made one attempt at signing him permanently; a bid which was rejected out of hand by Spurs - a mark of how Pritchard is viewed by the staff at White Hart Lane. Keep an eye on him, as if he continues to develop at this rate, he could be following in Harry Kane and Ryan Mason's footsteps into Pochettino's side next season.