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Termination of loan deal is best move for Tottenham Hotspur talent Marcus Edwards

The England under-20 international has struggled for first-team football at Norwich City.

Mathew Nash

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

Everton

Michael Keane is vulnerable at Everton after Mason Holgate’s weekend performance

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With Everton captain Phil Jagielka suspended for the Toffees’ weekend clash against Southampton, Marco Silva opted to hand youngster Mason Holgate a start in the heart of defence.

Paired alongside Michael Keane, the 21-year-old gave a mature performance in victory over the Saints and there is now a very good chance that he will be given future first team opportunities.

This could leave Keane very vulnerable, with the likes of Yerry Mina and Kurt Zouma yet to be considered for the starting XI.

Keane hasn’t done anything near enough to live up to the reputation that followed him after his £30 million move from Turf Moor two summers’ ago.

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After a difficult start to life in Merseyside under Ronald Koeman, he has since fallen out of contention for Gareth Southgate’s England side.

The former Burnley man has looked sluggish and error prone and there is a feeling around Goodison Park that he will become drastically exposed against some of the more menacing top flight sides.

With £27.19 million summer signing Mina on the verge of full fitness, following the World Cup, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him replace Keane in the first team in the coming weeks.

This change would pave way for a young, fresh and exciting centre-back partnership of Holgate and Mina – a solid platform for Silva to build his new team around.

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Is Pedro Obiang the answer for Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham?

The Spaniard is yet to feature this season.

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Something is yet to click for new West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, with the London outfit falling short in their first two Premier League games of the 2018/19 season.

This weekend saw an opening day away defeat to Liverpool followed up by a 2-1 comeback victory for Bournemouth at the Olympic Stadium, accompanies by a performance that will have disheartened even the most optimistic of fans.

Despite spending over £100 million during the summer window, it is evident from the first two games of the season that the Hammers need a ball-winning central midfielder, capable of bringing balance to the defence and attack.

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Sitting on Manuel Pellegrini’s bench is Spaniard Pedro Obiang, who became Slaven Bilic’s first signing for the club, back in 2015. The midfielder was a regular in West Ham’s side up to Christmas last season, but he made just one appearance in the Premier League since February.

Athletic and capable of moving the ball forward, the 26-year-old will be a much more dynamic option than ageing West Ham captain Mark Noble. Meanwhile, he would also improve the spine of the team defensively.

Up next for the Hammers is Arsenal. With a central midfield or Noble and Wilshere/Rice clearly not working, it seems a no-brainer for Pellegrini to promote Obiang to the starting XI for the upcoming clash against Unai Emery’s side.

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On this day: Leeds cash in on Wood, Coutinho told he’s staying and Seri’s Barca links

What were the big stories in football a year ago today? Including Leeds United, Liverpool and Fulham.

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Chopping Wood

One year ago today and Leeds United lost their talismanic striker Chris Wood to Burnley. After a tumultuous summer of rumours and conjecture, the club’s leading scorer left in a club record £15 million deal.

In his two seasons at Leeds the New Zealand international scored an impressive 44 goals in 88 games for the Whites.

Leeds were desperate not to lose the player and ended up paying for his absence. They failed to replace him, with nearest replica Pierre-Michel Lasogga falling short of expectations.

Wood has since gone on to establish himself at Burnley, scoring 11 goals in 26 games during his first season at Turf Moor.

Leeds now have Kemar Roofe firing and also signed Patrick Bamford this summer.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Chris Wood of Burnley celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

No-go Coutinho

A year ago today and Liverpool had managed to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona throughout last summer.

However, as reported by Sky Sports a year ago, Liverpool made it clear Coutinho was going nowhere.

In the end, it proved to just be a stall. Coutinho completed the inevitable switch to Barcelona in January for a fee of £146 million.

However, many Liverpool fans would perhaps argue the club are now performing better than they ever did when Coutinho was at Anfield.

Seri-ous money

Signed by Fulham this summer, a year ago today it seemed Jean-Michael Seri was on his way to Barcelona.

Marca suggested that Barcelona had met the apparent £36.6 million release clause in his contract at Nice. Unfortunately, that clause had expired.

With Barcelona not willing to pay more, they moved on.

Seri joined Fulham this summer for a club record fee.

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