Alex Pritchard
Pritchard has begun a third loan spell away from Tottenham at Brentford.Getty Images/Ben Hoskins

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Alex Pritchard is hoping to catch the eye of manager Mauricio Pochettino while on loan at Brentford and earn a permanent place in the first team at White Hart Lane.

The 21 year old has been sent out on a third loan spell of his career at Spurs, having played for both Peterborough United and Swindon Town during the past two seasons.

Pritchard made his Tottenham debut in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa in May and has designs on adding to that appearance in the future, should he impress on loan in the Championship.

"I had my first full year of men's football at Swindon so I'm looking to continue that here," Pritchard said.

"I felt I needed to make the step back up to Championship, where I've previously played with Peterborough.

"Hopefully people will be watching and I can show them what I can do. But you've just got to concentrate on your game and the rest will take care of itself.

"I'm a Brentford player now so I'll work hard for the team and whatever happens, happens. I've settled in really well. All the lads have made me feel welcome."

The ex-West Ham United youth product is the latest graduate from a Tottenham academy which has shown itself to be hugely successful during the last few years, with the club reaching the final of the Under-21 Premier League in the 2012/13 season.

Pritchard was in that Tottenham team which lost to Manchester United and is among a group of young players including Shaquile Coulthirst and Tom Carroll who have been sent out on loan to gain first team experience after impressing in the youth league.

"It made me more confident," Pritchard observed of the Under-21 Premier League. "The U21 league is a good level but you're not playing against men. You can't get bullied because that's what defenders will try and do when they see the size of me.

"That's going to happen but you've got to get on with it and not react, which is what I did in one game last year. I got sent-off in the derby at Bristol City. I learned a lot last season."