'I always dreamt of playing in the Premier League' - No regrets for Alex Pritchard after City exit
PUBLISHED: 11:08 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:24 28 February 2018
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Alex Pritchard is convinced he is a far better player now than when he left Norwich City.
The attacking midfielder got his Premier League move to Huddersfield in January and has now forced his way into the Terriers’ line up.
Pritchard’s first top flight goal earned a 4-1 win over Bournemouth before a vital assist in last week’s crucial 2-1 relegation shootout win at West Brom.
But Pritchard insists it is his work without the ball that has been transformed since leaving Carrow Road.
“I think the defensive side of my game already - I’ve only been here for about a month or so - has come on massively,” he said.
“To shut down or just not switch off at any moment, you can defend all game but then you’re not going to really create chances or score goals.
“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, to be fair. It’s been so quick and obviously getting thrown into the games straight away has been good for me, it’s obviously a learning curve.
“When I was a young kid I always dreamt of playing in the Premier League and to score my first goal is brilliant.”
Pritchard missed the majority of City’s Championship campaign with an ankle injury.
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Sporting director Stuart Webber revealed he made his intentions to leave clear just two games into his comeback and the 24-year-old admits it has been a long road back to the Premier League, after failing to make the grade at Tottenham.
“I think a lot of young lads (struggle for game time) at big clubs like Spurs and Dele Alli, when he came in and the way they just hit the heights, you can’t do anything,” Pritchard told SkySports.
“You’ve got to hold your hands up, it’s been brilliant and, for myself, I wasn’t getting any younger so I needed to go and play football elsewhere to get to the top again.
“(Going to Brentford) was a crucial period in my career. If you go there and don’t do it, there’s question marks. Thankfully I went there and did what I had to do.”