When you read the quotes from Swindon's manager and Pritchard himself about what he has learned/how he has improved this year, I actually think it was a good loan for him.
Swindon manager Mark Cooper on Pritchard's loan: “I think he’s learnt how to live, how to act as a first-team professional. To come into an environment where three points mean everything coming home on the coach on a Saturday evening is different to a development game
“At the start he found that difficult and week by week he got better and better. The biggest accolade you can get when you come to a club is that you have the respect of your teammates and when he goes away I know his teammates will think ‘I tell you what, that Alex Pritchard was some player’.
“That, for me, is the biggest accolade you can get.”
“He’s become less chatty to the referees but more to me. I think he’s going to be a decent manager because he’s got plenty to say. All joking aside, he’s been brilliant to work with. Of course he’s had his moments and he’s frustrated spectators sometimes with his dissent but he’s a little lad and when you get kicked that many times I think he feels as though he’s got to say something back.
“He’s learnt the art now of how to wind up opposition players and opposition fans without really getting too involved with them, he just lets his feet do the talking.
“Sometimes I stand on the sideline and, if he’s on my side, I can hear opposition fans shouting at him 30 seconds into the game, desperate to try to wind him up. He just turns around and gives them a little wink and a smile now and I think you can tell how good a player is when fans start doing that.
“He’s come here as an exciting talent and I think he’ll go away being a little bit more of a finished article.
“He’s got more to do and I’m sure when he goes back to Tottenham, Tim and Les and Chris will make him even better. I’m convinced he’ll end up being a really good footballer.”
Pritchard on his loan experience: "It's been my best year. I've grown up a lot. Getting fouled a lot, getting up and trying not to react, which I've done a few times this year, as well as not backchatting to the referees
"I've stopped that. I got a couple of bad tackles at the weekend but didn't react to it." "In the reserve league, you're playing against the likes of Chelsea, where both teams play football. There's some tackles, but they're not strong.
"But then you come to League One and play against teams like Bradford, who just want to put it on the diagonal and it's a battle in the middle of the park.
"You've got to get used to it. It's totally different but I've loved every minute of it.
"People didn't think I'd be up for it or be able to deal with it. But I had it in my head that I had to deal with it."
Not our player anymore but congratulations to Massimo Luongo, he's just made his first Australian squad - I think he's got the game to be a bolter for the World Cup, he's the type that Australia desperately lack at the moment.