In recent years, Tottenham Hotspur have become a club where young players can truly make an impact.
The most notable examples are 23-year old Harry Kane and 21-year old Dele Alli, who have combined to score 95 goals in the past two seasons, but they are not the only examples. A total of 14 players from last season’s main squad will be aged 25 or younger before the 2017/18 season kicks off on 12 August.
Erik Lamela, only 25 himself, played just 12 games last season as the Argentine’s hip injury kept him out of most of the season. The winger is expected to miss the next four months as he continues to recover.
While the club still managed to finish second without him, Lamela’s injury woes are definitely concerning and could force Mauricio Pochettino into the transfer market.
Unless there is a Spurs youth product who could step in, and as you’d expect, there is.
Marcus Edwards has been with the Spurs academy for the past 10 years and received international praise after being named in the team of the tournament at the 2015 U17 Euros, where he scored England’s only two goals.
Pochettino included the 18-year-old winger in his preseason plans last summer and the manager caught some attention when he compared Edwards to arguably the world’s best player.
Edwards created five goals in the first five PL2 games of the season and was rewarded with his professional debut when he came on as a substitute against Gillingham in the EFL Cup.
An ankle injury ruined his chances of another first team appearance as Edwards missed over three months and only played in four of the seven remaining reserve games as he continued to recover. His final season numbers — five goals and five assists in 12 reserve appearances — are still impressive and prove that he has talent.
Edwards is expected to be a part of Tottenham’s preseason tour of the United States and Lamela’s injury will give him even more time on the pitch. If the winger can continue to impress Pochettino, expect to see Edwards at least on the first team bench a few times early in the season.