One of Tottenham Hotspur’s most precocious talents, Marcus Edwards, has returned to the club after an unsuccessful loan stint at Norwich City.
Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press the Canaries boss Daniel Farke confirmed the news, stating:
“He wanted to go back for personal reasons. We are not fighting for promotion or for relegation,” said Farke.
“We spoke with Tottenham and with Marcus and decided this was the best decision for all the parties.
“I don’t want to go into anything further. I just got the feeling he had much improved and he was closer to our first team and got that first appearance against Fulham.
“There were some nice touches but right now with four games to go we accepted this is the way forward.”
It does not come as a surprise, as Edwards has played just once since joining Norwich from Spurs in January.
What comes as more of a surprise is that the top Tottenham talent did not make more of an impact at Carrow Road.
Edwards is highly thought of by Tottenham Hotspur and in the England youth ranks.
The under-20 international has been earmarked as a future star for Tottenham over the past few years and at one time even saw himself compared to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino.
But he has also seen his attitude called into question. Norwich boss Daniel Farke has criticised his lack of work off the ball. Not long after completing the signing, Farke was quoted by the Eastern Daily Press as stating:
“There is no doubt with the ball he is one of our best players. But without it, he has to grow up a bit.
“That was the reason he didn’t play for Tottenham.”
With competition in his position fierce, Norwich were always going to struggle to give him the game time Spurs and the player would have wanted.
With just four games left of the Championship campaign terminating the deal early is undoubtedly the right move.
With Norwich pottering along in mid-table, giving game time to a product of another club makes little sense when they have talented lads like Josh Murphy and James Maddison of their own.
Edwards can now go back to Tottenham, perhaps get an under-23 game or two in before the end of the campaign and try to catch the eye back at his parent club.
His initial development was also hampered by an ankle injury but it appears his attitude remains the biggest issue for his coaches.
This summer is massive for Edwards. If he can work on his fitness and find a way to become a more of a team player than regular first-team football should not be too far away for the teenager.
Hopefully, this Norwich nightmare is not the sign of things to come for Tottenham’s immensely talented young playmaker.