This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson faces a decision over Alex Pritchard after it was confirmed that the playmaker will be released by Huddersfield Town.
According to the Bristol Post, the 28-year-old is a player that the Robins recruitment department have highlighted this season and will likely continue to monitor.
But should Pearson look to sign the attacking midfielder?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
I’ve got to say that having seen a lot of Huddersfield this season, when Pritchard has played, he’s looked well off it.
With that in mind, I think he’s probably a massive risk for Pearson to take on this summer.
There are going to be a lot of changes in personnel at Bristol City over the course of the summer, and Pearson is going to need everyone pulling in the same direction, hitting the ground running.
Pritchard just doesn’t look like he’s a player that’s going to hit the ground running and have the desired impact.
Pearson’s initial doubt over the deal tells me that he’s questioning that too.
If I’m honest, it surprises me that it looks like Pritchard will have a pick of Championship clubs this summer. He’s a talent, no doubt, but his impact in Huddersfield has left a lot to be desired.
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For me, it’s worth a shout.
Pritchard hasn’t had the best of seasons at Huddersfield, and to be honest, I think he has flattered to deceive since joining them from Norwich.
But there is clearly a talented player in there, and I was a huge fan of his when he was on loan at Brentford and Swindon in the past.
He will be looking to prove his doubters wrong and his mentality should be right up for it when he does leave Huddersfield in the summer.
Pearson has proven to get the best out of underperforming players in the past, too, so if he turns out to be revelation for City, then it would look like shrewd business on a free.
It’s worth a go in my mind.
Pritchard has had a tough time of it in recent seasons but I still believe there is a player in there and it could be a masterstroke signing the 28-year-old up on a free transfer.
When on song, he’s a excellent operator in the final third and has a real knack of creating opportunities for strikers which his intelligent passing and moving.
Robins fans would need to be patient with him as he’s not been involved too much at Huddersfield Town, so it’ll take time for him to get up to speed, but I don’t see the harm of Bristol City offering a one or two-year deal here for Pritchard.
Low risk, high potential reward,