Pundit heaps praise on Spurs graduate Marcus Edwards after Man City cameo

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England women’s footballer Izzy Christiansen raved about the performance of former Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards in Sporting Lisbon’s 0-0 draw against Manchester City in the Champions League on Wednesday. 

Edwards came through the Spurs academy and was handed his first-team debut by Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine even likening the winger’s quality to that of Lionel Messi back in 2016 (Sky Sports).

Edwards left Tottenham to join Vitoria Guimaraes in the summer of 2019 and his reputation has been burgeoning for the last two and a half years.

His performances for Vitoria earned the Spurs academy graduate a move to Sporting during the January transfer window.

According to reports in Portugal, (Record – 1/02/22 as relayed by Sport Witness), Tottenham still own 50 per cent of Edwards’ sell-on rights based on a clause that was inserted in the winger’s sale to Vitoria four years ago.

The 23-year-old replaced Pablo Sarabia just before the hour mark as Sporting battled to a goalless draw at the Etihad on Wednesday. 

City sealed their passage through to the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League, having thrashed the Portuguese side 5-0 in the first leg.

Christiansen admitted that Edwards’ cameo against the reigning Premier League champions caught her eye. 

She told BBC Sport: “Marcus Edwards, the English boy on the right-hand side, has come on and made such a difference.

“He’s added another dimension to Sporting. He’s run in behind and kept the ball at the right times. Really positive impact from him off the bench.”

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If Edwards continues his current development trajectory, one would think it is only a matter of time before he ends up back in the Premier League. 

Perhaps Spurs themselves will consider re-signing him in the future, with the 50 per cent clause giving the North Londoners a major advantage over other potential suitors. 

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