Alex Pritchard
Pritchard has netted 12 goals this season for BrentfordGetty Images

Tottenham Hotspurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Alex Pritchard will be in the first-team squad next season after a successful loan spell at Championship side Brentford.

Spurs also confirmed their first arrival of the summer transfer window after completing the signing of centre-back Kevin Wimmer from Cologne.

Pochettino has now revealed that 22-year-old Pritchard will also re-join the squad after an impressive campaign at the Bees, scoring 12 goals in 45 appearances.

After loan spells at Peterborough United and Swindon, outgoing Brentford boss Mark Warburton recently declared the young midfielder was ready for the Spurs challenge.

"I would never speak for a Premier League club or Premier League manager but this is my opinion. I think Alex goes on to grace White Hart Lane. He's got so much ability and he's hungry for more. I think he'll grace the international stage, too," Warburton said.

Asked by a fan during a Q&A session on Facebook if the midfielder would be in the first team next campaign, Pochettino replied: "Yes of course, he is in our plans for next season."

"He starts pre-season when he gets back from the Euros and we are looking forward to having him back after a successful loan with Brentford."

Pochettino has shown his trust in the Tottenham academy selecting the likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb.

While he hopes Pritchard can follow their footsteps next season Pochettino has insisted in the importance of finding a right balance between the young and experienced players.

"We need the right balance in the team. It's not about age it's about the right profile of player for the team," he said.

"We need to get the balance in the squad through our knowledge, the way we see the squad and what we want from them to deliver the style. You put this all together then you can decide which profile of player you need to fit the style, and this is how you get the right balance in the squad. It is a process, it's not about a mix of youth with experience."

Questioned about his ambition to secure Premier League top-four spot next season for Champions League football at White Hart Lane, he said: "We need to create a good environment and the right mentality in the squad.

"It is important that we improve our consistency and sign players with the right profile to give balance to the team, that is the key."