Tottenham Hotspur youngster Marcus Edwards, on loan at Excelsior, has been hailed by team-mate Jeffrey Fortes, who, per Voetbal Primeur, says is the best player he has played alongside.
Edwards moved to the Netherlands in the summer and has made 14 appearances for the club in the Eredivisie, scoring two goals and laying on two assists.
Edwards has been with Spurs since the age of eight but has made just one senior appearance for the club, playing 15 minutes in a 5-0 League Cup win over Gillingham in 2016.
A loan spell at Norwich City in 2018 was not fruitful but his move to Excelsior, however, appears to be working out and he has been in excellent form in recent weeks.
The 20-year-old scored once and provided one assist in a 2-1 win over FC Emmen last time out and Fortes says he has an unnatural amount of talent.
Indeed, Mauricio Pochettino, speaking in 2016, likened Edwards to Barcelona icon Lionel Messi, saying, per Sky Sports: “The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi.”
Fortes said: “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 that.”
Fortes is delighted that Edwards has chosen to move to the Netherlands, with Excelsior currently 14th in Eredivisie.
He added: “He is for many the Tottenham player, not Marcus Edwards, and of course it is also incredible that he is walking around here, let’s face it.”
Edwards has long been seen as a diamond in the rough.
He has been capped at numerous youth levels by England, playing for every age group between the Under-16s and the Under-20s. He has scored at least one goal for each team.
However, he has yet to make his breakthrough at Spurs, despite Pochettino’s continued insistence that he will trust in youth.
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Edwards’ move to Norwich did not work out at all but he has taken the bold step of moving to a foreign country in an attempt to make his name and prove his worth.
As he continues to thrive, Spurs fans will be hoping that he can come back into the fray at the end of the season and make an impact on the squad.
Pochettino, of all managers, will surely give him the chance.