Tottenham Hotspur had one shining light in their academy when Mauricio Pochettino first took over as manager, and that young man was 16-year-old Marcus Edwards.
The winger was so promising that Pochettino himself labelled him as like a ‘mini Messi’.
However, since those words were uttered, Edwards has been unable to live up to the expectation, after several fairly flat loan spells.
The youngster decided to get away from English football this season, instead trying his luck on loan to the Eredivisie, playing for Excelsior.
The 20-year-old appears to finally be settling in too, after turning a match against FC Emmen on its head on Sunday.
After Excelsior went 1-0 down, Edwards pulled off one of his trade mark dribbles before firing into the bottom corner. Three minutes later, he set up Dennis Eckart for the winner.
Now team mate Jeffrey Fortes has dug out the old Messi comparisons when describing Edwards as ‘bizarre’, due to the abilities he possesses on the ball.
Fortes said (Voetbal International): “He is of a bizarre level, what he can do is really not normal, I have not experienced a better player in my career, and Mauricio Pochettino did not make that comparison with Messi for nothing.
“He was referring to his way of moving and there is really something in him.
“He is for many the hired player of Tottenham Hotspur, not Marcus Edwards, and of course it is also incredible that he is walking around here, let’s face it.”
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