This week has seen a youngster, once compared to Lionel Messi by Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino, head back to Spurs with his tail between his legs. Marcus Edwards has suffered a poor loan spell at Norwich City and is now back at Hotspur Way.
The 19-year-old played just one game for the Canaries before heading back to Spurs with his burgeoning reputation damaged.
But now he is back at Tottenham he will undoubtedly get to work trying to find his way into Pochettino’s plans for next season.
Unfortunately, in a twisted ironic sense of fate, some transfer news this week could scupper such plans.
It has been reported this week that Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the Norwich City star James Maddison. The Mirror claim Norwich want £30 million for the 15-goal attacking midfielder, a fee they are unlikely to get. Spurs and Liverpool are being linked with the player.
For Edwards, it would be a bitter blow. The Tottenham youngster plays in a similar position to Maddison and could not dislodge him from the Norwich team during his time at Carrow Road. In fact, Edwards never really got close to doing so.
If Maddison was to be signed by Spurs this summer, it would once again see the England under-21 international placed as a direct blockage to his first-team pathway – much as was the case at Norwich City.
Tottenham may face a decision this summer. Regardless of whether it is Maddison or another promising attacking midfielder, the club has to decide whether they should be given Edwards his chance or if they should bring in another player in his position.
The teenage Messi-like star will need to convince Spurs that splashing out cash on players like Maddison is not necessary, as he can save them the money and be a star himself.