Sheffield news Pritchard faces uncertain future as transfer links swirl after Terriers exit PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Numerous clubs including Birmingham City, Derby County and Queens Park Rangers have been linked with a move for the Terriers flop with his contract set to expire this summer
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Alex Pritchard has been the subject of plenty of transfer talk since his Terriers departure was confirmed, with Birmingham City, Derby County and QPR fans all given cause to look into what they might get if he were to head their way. Huddersfield Town fans were not shy in expressing their opinions on Tuesday’s retained list but there was barely a word said about Pritchard, which says a lot in itself. The release of one of the most expensive players in the history of the club would not normally pass uncommented on. Had the decision on Pritchard been anything but a release, it would have been a shock. Fans quickly theorised that Juninho Bacuna and Isaac Mbenza had had their contracts extended in hopes Town might be able to get some resale value of them. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now But where those players may still have something to offer on the pitch if they can’t be sold, Pritchard would have been an unnecessary risk. Their attempts to move him on in January had failed, after all, and despite being fit he had been included in just one of Carlos Corberan’s matchday squads since February. Aside from that place on the bench against Bournemouth, the last time we saw Pritchard at the John Smith's Stadium was when Brentford came to visit in April, and he spent much of that afternoon socialising with people from his former club. Just to be clear, we think that’s totally fair enough from both parties. Town have not had anything like their money’s worth out of Pritchard, but that does not especially feel like his fault either.
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. Despite that, we can’t help but feel like his miserable three-and-a-half years in Huddersfield could prove to be the blip in an otherwise impressive Championship career. Pritchard has succeeded at this level everywhere else he has played, and a change of scenery could do him the world of good in helping him get his mojo back.
On top of his injury problems last season, Town have never really been set up to play to Pritchard’s strengths at this level. He is born to play behind a lone striker in a narrow 4-2-3-1, preferably on the left of that attacking midfield three with license to cut inside and shoot. Danny Cowley wanted to play a 4-2-3-1 from the moment he walked in the door at Town but Pritchard was injured throughout much of his season in charge, and by the time he was fit he was a clear second choice to Emile Smith Rowe. Even then, Town had Karlan Grant in the side getting into the spaces Pritchard has historically thrived in. Our hunch would be that if you put a fully-fit Alex Pritchard into a good side with serious playoff aspirations, he could very well get back to his best. The worry for him is that Birmingham and Derby look unlikely to fit that bill - but if they are willing to build around him rather than have him as just another midfield option, perhaps it could work.
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