Marcus Edwards has admitted that it will be ‘strange’ to take on his former club in a Champions League clash, having spent his formative years in North London.
Edwards, who came through the ranks of the Tottenham academy, left the Lilywhites in search of regular first-team football in 2019, signing for Portuguese top-flight side Vitoria Guimaraes.
His impressive displays for Vitoria caught the eye of Sporting Lisbon, who snapped him up in the January transfer window.
The winger has started the new season on fire for Sporting, and was the star of the show in the club’s 3-0 in their Champions League season-opener against Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany last week.
Ahead of the clash against Spurs, the 23-year-old told The Daily Mail: “The feeling is a bit strange. I was at the club for so long, half my career. So it’s crazy to think I’m going to be playing against Spurs in a Champions League fixture.
“It will bring back a lot of good memories. I still remember training at the old training ground after school. The club has grown a lot since. And I still have some old teammates who broke through the first team so it will be good to see them.”
Edwards admitted that moving away from the comforts of his boyhood club and plying his trade abroad has helped him to mature both on and off the pitch.
He added: “I think this journey has made me into a better player. It has helped me grow up in a lot of ways. I’ve had to learn things on my own in a way and get my head down and focus in a new environment.
“It’s not easy moving away from friends and family but I did it so I can better my future. Vitoria was a club that pushed me and allowed me to showcase myself.”
The former Tottenham man admitted that Sporting are confident heading into the big clash this evening on the back of the result they got in Germany.
When asked about the match, the winger responded: “We know Spurs are a good team but we’re confident in our abilities and ready for this fixture. We had a good start against Frankfurt where we showed what we can do.
“The team had great chemistry not just on the field but everyone gets along off the pitch, there’s loads of laughs and good vibes.”
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Edwards will certainly be raring to go as not only does he have an opportunity to prove a point to his former employers this evening, but he can also showcase himself to an English audience.
The likes of Kane, Son, Dier, Davies, Skipp, Tanganga and co will know a thing or two about his strengths and weaknesses, and so, one would expect us to have a plan to nullify his threat down the right.
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