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The foe you know - Huddersfield's Alex Pritchard

Posted on 2 March 2018  - 21:44

In this edition of ‘The foe you know’, the series where we look at former Spurs players who now represent this weekend’s opponents, we shine the spotlight on Huddersfield Town's January acquisition, Alex Pritchard.

Alex Pritchard in recent action for Huddersfield TownOn duty for our Under-21s at Sunderland in August, 2015

Attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard returns to the club where he made his Premier League debut with new employers Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

A product of our Academy, having spent his younger years with West Ham, the now 24-year-old was a high-profile January signing for the Terriers after impressing during an 18-month spell with Norwich City in the Championship.

First appearing on the bench for us in a Europa League match against PAOK in September, 2011, 'Pritch' had a brief loan spell at Peterborough United in 2013 before Swindon Town borrowed him for the 2013-14 campaign.

A successful season with the League One outfit saw him net eight times in 44 appearances before he returned to Spurs to make his top flight debut off the bench in a 3-0 home win over Aston Villa on the final day of the 2013-14 campaign, in what was Tim Sherwood's final game in charge.

The following season saw him step up his development with an impressive loan spell with Brentford, where he was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year after some dynamic displays for the Bees. He scored 12 goals in 47 appearances for them in total before heading off to represent England at the European Under-21 Championships in the summer of 2015.

Sadly, a nasty ankle injury picked up during that tournament would hamper his progress for the next few months. He managed a brief substitute appearance in our goalless home draw with Everton that August – his second and final Spurs first team appearance – but he spent much of that season on the sidelines before making three appearances on loan at West Bromwich Albion in the latter stages of the campaign.

A quick player able to cut in from either flank and with a good ability to shoot from range, Alex left us for Norwich in August, 2016, and enjoyed a fine first season with the Canaries. He spent the early months of this season back on the sidelines through injury, but featured heavily around the turn of the year before making his top flight return with a transfer to Huddersfield on 12 January, having scored eight goals in 43 appearances for Norwich.

He's caught the eye with some lively showings for the Terriers over the last few weeks and scored his first goal for them in a 4-1 home victory over AFC Bournemouth on 11 February. He's made four appearances for David Wagner's men thus far, helping them to back-to-back wins in advance of their match against us to really lift their Premier League survival bid.

We look forward to welcoming Pritch and his new Huddersfield colleagues to Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, on Saturday afternoon.