Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion were able to reach an agreement for a deal on deadline day, but it was not the move everyone was expecting.
Alex Pritchard is heading to the Hawthorns on a loan move until the end of the season and this will prove to be a good bit of business for the Baggies.
The 22-year-old attacking-midfielder is highly thought of at White Hart Lane and was thought to be part of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans this season.
However, injury stopped him from figuring as much as his manager would like and this move to the Midlands will allow him to get some much needed game time.
The Spurs man spent last season on loan at Brentford and really impressed in the Championship.
Pritchard was an integral part of the Bees’ midfield as they surprised everyone by making the play-offs.
The on-loan youngster contributed a great deal to this success, with 12 goals and seven assists in the league.
Indeed, the 22-year-old capped off the campaign by being named in the Championship PFA Team of the Year, along with being awarded the Brentford Players’ Player of the Year.
Pochettino has demonstrated that he is willing to give youngsters an opportunity in the first-team and this should provide extra encouragement for Pritchard to perform at West Brom.
Deli Alli has flourished this season after spending his entire career beforehand in League One and League Two.
The Spurs manager showed faith in his young midfielder and has been repaid in the form of six goals and four assists in the top flight.
If Pritchard can prove his worth at the Hawthorns, it’s almost guaranteed that he will be given the chance in the Spurs first team.