It was only two-and-a-half years ago when Mauricio Pochettino compared Tottenham Hotspur starlet Marcus Edwards to Lionel Messi.
In an interview with The Guardian back in September 2016, Pochettino spoke of the similarities between Edwards and Messi shortly before handing him his first-team debut against Gillingham.
To this day, that is the only senior appearance Edwards has managed for Tottenham and his career was threatening to come to a standstill.
Edwards is still young and there is still hope that he can develop into a top class player one day but he needs to prove himself.
Last summer, Tottenham sent the 20-year-old out on loan to Excelsior – who play in the Dutch Eredivisie – to gain some vital experience.
But after managing just one assist and no goals in eight games, Excelsior froze him out between early November and late December.
Edwards was given his chance again just before Christmas with a 26-minute cameo but had to wait a whole month for his next outing.
The Dutch winter break came at a frustrating time for Edwards, but he has returned with a bang – netting his first ever senior goal.
Excelsior lost 3-2 at Vitesse but it would have been a proud moment for the young attacking midfielder, who reduced the deficit to 2-1 on 51 minutes.
The England under-20 international needs to use this goal to kick-start his stalling career and get closer to achieving the heights expected of him.
Pochettino did not make it easy for Edwards with those early career comments but this is the wonder-kid’s chance to prove his boss right.