Marcus Edwards is on the verge of leaving Tottenham Hotspur. According to the Sky Sports deadline day blog (16:15), Edwards is close to agreeing to join a Portuguese club on a permanent deal.
Edwards is locked in talks with this unnamed Portuguese side and his time as a Tottenham player looks like it is coming to an end. The diminutive midfielder was once compared to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino but now is he leaving.
The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Excelsior and gave fans glimpses of his ability. But Edwards did not produce consistently enough, ending up with two goals and four assists in 28 games.
Edwards has also spent time on loan with Norwich City when they were in the Championship. But that stint was cut short due to disciplinary problems and he only managed one outing for the Canaries.
The England U20 starlet has played one game for Tottenham’s senior side. Pochettino clearly rated him highly but has now lost patience. It looks like he will continue his career in Portugal.
Moving to Portugal is an interesting career step for Edwards and it will be interesting to see if he ends up proving Spurs wrong. Pochettino does not go for hyperbole often so fans were understandably excited by this prospect of a Messi-like footballer in their youth system.
Since then, Edwards has failed to live up to expectations. Whether that is due to the pressure or attitude problems is unclear. But a fresh start abroad is exactly what he needs.