Alex Pritchard believes lessons learned from a Tottenham star will stand Brentford in good stead this season.
The on-loan pocket live wire made an immediate impact in the 5-1 friendly win at Barnet last night for his new club, and then revealed what Luka Modric taught him at Spurs.
The World Cup Croatian was at White Hart Lane between 2008-12, and found a willing disciple in a teenage Pritchard.
“Luka is the same sort of stature,” Pritchard said. “You look at those sort of players and you try to learn off them, like the way Luka uses his body.
“Obviously he’s not the biggest so he needs every half a yard he can get, and has to try and get in the pockets, and get on the shoulders of defenders and make sure they don’t know where you are.”
As Barnet discovered they soon their hands full keeping tabs on the 21-year-old, but he is aware the leap to the Championship will demand a lot more.
Pritchard was at Swindon last season, and even though he could have asked Spurs team-mate Tom Carroll, on loan at QPR, about life in the second tier, the newest Bee goes into the campaign with eyes wide open.
“You see it for yourself; you don’t really have to ask people," he said. "You know it’s going to be tough, but I think we’ll turn a lot of teams over this season.
“I played 40 plus games for Swindon last season, but I know performances have to be even higher to stay in the team, and I expect it to be quite a big jump in standard.”
Pritchard is delighted to have joined a side that were nearly a thorn in his and Swindon’s side last season at the County Ground. The Robins squeezed home 1-0, but it was touch and go even though Bees lost Adam Forshaw to a red card.
“Brentford were down to 10 and they still kept the ball off us,” he said. “It shows what a great passing side they've got, and there was plenty of that in evidence already at Barnet.”