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.”
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.
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.