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Marcus Edwards should move to Germany to kick-start his career

Tottenham Hotspur’s young talent looks set to leave the club in the coming months.

Mathew Nash

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It looks as though one of Tottenham Hotspur’s most highly-rated young players is on his way out of the club this summer. Marcus Edwards burst onto the scene back in 2016. Prior to facing Gillingham in an EFL Cup tie he was handed huge praise from manager Mauricio Pochettino. As quoted by Sky Sports, he stated:

“The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi.

“He’s small, he’s left-footed, I remember a little bit (Erik) Lamela when he was at River Plate, remember he had long hair, when he was 14, 15 years old, there is a lot of videos on YouTube that you can see, that he took the ball, didn’t give a pass and shot straight away.”

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The Messi comparison has obviously and it has done the teenage attacker no favours. Since then times have been tough. He has had to battle injury trouble and then last season had a poor loan spell at Norwich City. It saw him publicly criticised for his work-rate by Canaries boss Daniel Farke and the loan was cut-short in mid-April.

Edwards will now not fulfil his potential at Tottenham. According to The Guardian, he is actively seeking an exit from the club as he does not see himself ever getting first-team opportunities at the club. Pochettino is now set to bank on more experienced international players, rather than risking youngsters. It leaves a player like Edwards in limbo.

So what should he do next?

What Edwards undoubtedly has is bags of potential. With his excellent dribbling ability and vision he should not be without suitors. But the 19-year-old should follow the trend of young English players at the moment and head to Germany.

His former Spurs colleague Keanan Bennetts has just done so, heading to Borussia Monchengladbach. He is not alone. Reece Oxford, Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman, Kaylen Hinds and Mandela Egbo have all played in the Bundesliga this season. All five are England youth internationals.

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Edwards would not be short of offers. Gladbach are very keen on young talent from these shores. RB Leipzig’s new head of recruitment is Paul Mitchell, who will know Edwards from his time at Spurs. Wolfsburg, Stuttgart and Dortmund have all signed English youngsters in the past.

His style of play is suited to the continent and working in Germany will help instil the hard-working nature that Farke and Pochettino both feel he might be missing.

The English youth football system can be harsh. Germany’s is much less severe. Edwards could be playing top football in the Bundesliga as, two years ago, he would have been the pick of the bunch regarding natural talent.

The best move for the Tottenham talent now is to head abroad and get his career back on track. Then he will hope to show Spurs exactly what they are missing.

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Vincent Janssen’s mysterious Tottenham absence seems to suggest summer exit likely

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Pre-season sprung into action for Tottenham on Wednesday as the Lilywhites played their first fixture of the preparatory campaign behind closed doors, resulting in a 6-0 thrashing of League One side Southend United, without Vincent Janssen.

Erik Lamela scored a hat-trick with Fernando Llorente Lucas Moura and youngster Tashan Oakley-Boothe also on the scoresheet, but one man was mysteriously absent from the fixture – Vincent Janssen.

Whilst Victor Wanyama, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Moussa Sissoko, Michel Vorm, Paulo Gazzaniga and Juan Foyth were all involved, Janssen was not to be seen despite having returned from a season long loan at Fenerbahce.

“I will soon report back to Tottenham and we will see what happens. I want to play, that’s important. Last season I was injured at Fenerbahçe for a long time. We are going to find the best solution. I just want to play football now, whether it’s at Tottenham, Fenerbahçe or somewhere else. I have my ideas about that, hopefully there will be more clarity soon.”

Janssen discussed his future with NOS earlier this summer.

The Dutch international scored only five goals in 18 games for the Turkish side on loan but did miss much of the season with a fracture to his ankle which was a major blow to his hopes to prove a point to Mauricio Pochettino.

Having struggled to adapt to life in London and the Premier League and without having done enough to justify a role in pre-season, his future looks more in doubt than ever.

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Turkish outlet Fotomac claim that Fenerbahce are interested in taking him back for the 2018/19 campaign, but his future could be dependent on other deals. Given that Fernando Llorente started against Southend with Janssen nowhere to be seen, it could be the starkest indication yet of who will play the role of back-up to Harry Kane next season.

Estadio Deportivo have also reported on interest from Sevilla in the 23-year-old, so with no clear role for Janssen to play at White Hart Lane and plenty of suitors, it seems that an exit is inevitable.

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As Tottenham close in on Jack Grealish, Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded

The Villa youngster could be set for a late move to Spurs.

Max Cohen

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According to the Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on signing Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish ahead of their summer tour of the United States.

The signing has been left late in the window, much to the annoyance of Spurs fans, but Daniel Levy’s hard bargaining should be applauded as Tottenham seem set to buy Grealish for far less than Villa originally asked for.

The Mirror claimed that the Championship club initially were holding out for £40 million, but now they are willing to sell for around half of that amount.

If Spurs were to pinch the creative mastermind from Villa Park for around £20 million that would represent superb business, considering the inflated transfer market for young British talents.

Although the Levy’s style is immensely frustrating at times, there can be no arguing that a bargain of this magnitude is well worth waiting for.

If Tottenham had done their business too early on in the window, they could have been left paying far too much for the former English U-21 international.

But as the summer months progressed, news of Aston Villa’s financial woes increased. Given the new information, Spurs were put in a much stronger position as they knew Villa would be desperate to sell in order to offload Grealish’s high wages and rein in a transfer fee.

The north Londoners look primed to welcome one of the Championship’s finest midfield technicians to White Hart Lane, and at only 22 years of age, Grealish has time on his side to develop into a world class player.

Daniel Levy’s tough negotiating style is not ideal for most circumstances and rightfully draws the ire of the Tottenham faithful. Yet his bargaining nous has come in handy during the Jack Grealish saga, granting Spurs a much-improved deal.

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Japhet Tanganga showing why he might be Tottenham Hotspur’s next Ledley King

The teenager is one of the top prospects at Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash

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England’s under-19s are in action this summer, hoping to emulate the recent form of the nation at all age groups. They started well yesterday, with a 3-2 triumph over Turkey in their opening fixture.

For Tottenham Hotspur fans one of the goalscorers caught the eye. Japhet Tanganga nestled the ball in from close range in the 22nd minute, which happened to be England’s opening goal and equaliser in the game.

Of course, Tottenham fans are more concerned with him keeping the ball out of the net than in it.

The 19-year-old is considered one of the top talents to emerge from the Tottenham academy in some time, especially at the back. Following in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and Ledley King, Tottenham fans are hopeful Tanganga can be a first-team regular in the future.

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He played 24 times for the Tottenham under-23s last season, occasionally captaining the side, and cementing his place as a top Tottenham talent.

For some, the time might have come for Tanganga to be used in the Spurs first-team. With the future of Toby Alderweireld unclear and Spurs lagging in the transfer market, they may turn to their youngsters.

Not many Spurs fans would say there is a great deal of difference between Tanganga and his more experienced rival Cameron Carter-Vickers in terms of ability.

With the latter likely to head out on loan again this season, perhaps Tanganga will make a Spurs breakthrough next season.

If not, then he should bide his time, as he could be a genuine star.

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