Spurs shouldn’t be blamed for Marcus Edwards’ failure to make first team impact

As reported by The Guardian, highly-rated Tottenham Hotspur prospect Marcus Edwards is looking for a move away from the club this summer after failing to make a first-team impact.

What’s the story?

Edwards is regarded as one of the most exciting young prospects in the country having shone for England’s youth teams from U16s to U20s level, but thus far has failed to make significant progress at Spurs.

The Guardian now report he will be seeking a move away from the club this summer, despite Tottenham feeling he can still forge a successful career for himself.

The paper say the player is aware he needs first team football to take his game to the next level and won’t be getting that right now at Spurs, who have ambitions to win major honours next season.

Will the club come to regret letting him leave so easily?

Should Spurs have done more to include the player?

Despite his obvious talents at youth level, Edwards has done little to show he should be involved in Pochettino’s first team and his exposure there has been limited to a single League Cup appearance against Gillingham in 2016.

Back then he was compared to players like Lionel Messi and Erik Lamela by the Spurs boss himself.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, the Argentine said:

The qualities — it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays — remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi.

He’s small, he’s left-footed, I remember a little bit (Erik) Lamela when he was at River Plate, remember he had long hair, when he was 14, 15 years old, there is a lot of videos on YouTube that you can see, that he took the ball, didn’t give a pass and shot straight away.

He’s continued to excel in Spurs’ youth sides at U23s level and in the UEFA Youth League, but when his opportunity came for senior action on loan at Norwich, his mentality was questioned when he returned having made just one substituted appearance for the Canaries.

Tottenham then can’t be blamed for his failure to make an impact, if the player is not taking chances that come his way then what more can the club do? Football is a ruthless sport at the highest level and Spurs need their youngsters striving to be the very best.

There’s every chance that Edwards turns things around with a permanent home elsewhere and the belief of a first team manager behind him, but at this point, there’s little to suggest Spurs will regret letting him go.