Amorim says Edwards has potential to play for England after Spurs exit
Sporting boss Ruben Amorim has claimed – in comments reported by Football London – that Marcus Edwards has the potential to play for England ahead of their clash with Tottenham Hotspur this week.
Spurs have travelled to Portugal for their second Champions League group-stage tie. Of course, they beat Marseille in North London in their opening game.
Antonio Conte’s side did not have the best time before Richarlison’s brace. And they are now facing an impressive Sporting side who thrashed Europa League winners Eintracht Frankfurt in their opener.
Obviously, one member of Amorim’s side is familiar to Tottenham fans.
Edwards left Spurs in 2019 after 13 years on the club’s books. He only managed to make one appearance for the first-team. But he was famously compared with Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino.
Edwards has rebuilt his career in Portugal, and scored one and set up another against Frankfurt last week. And ahead of his reunion with Tottenham, Amorim has highlighted just how far the 23-year-old could go.
“Marcus is very talented. He’s one of the best players in playing between the lines. He took a little while to adapt to the Portuguese lifestyle,” he said, as reported by Football London.
“He has all of the talent and he can get much better and get to the English national team. He has to focus more on training and all that is around it. Football is not just the matches, it’s everything in between. I trust him a lot. He has a lot way to go but I think we did excellent business in signing him.”
Edwards has potential to play for England
Tottenham would have known that Edwards always had serious potential. Pochettino would not have compared him with Messi unless he was sure that he was one of the finest talents around.
Perhaps some will rue the fact that they let him go. But Edwards appeared to need to take his own path. And he is now reaping the rewards for moving away from the Premier League.
It will be very interesting to see what the future holds for Edwards. If he continues on his current trajectory, links with a Premier League return will inevitably emerge in the future.
Certainly, there will be plenty of eyes on how Edwards fares in the two games against Tottenham this season.
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