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Tottenham Hotspur outcast Marcus Edwards is training with Brentford as he looks to earn a move away from the club, per Football.London.
The 20-year-old has made just one senior appearance for Spurs, coming on as a substitute in a League Cup victory over Gillingham in 2016.
Edwards spent last season on loan in the Netherlands, playing for Excelsior, who were actually relegated from the Eredivisie.
He was not included in Spurs’ squad for their pre-season tour and is now said to be training with the Championship club as they prepare for the 2019/20 season.
Football.London’s report claims that it is likely he would move on a permanent basis if his initial trial is successful, instead of merely making another loan move.
Pochettino gave Edwards too much to live up to.
Prior to his debut against Gillingham, the Argentine said that the attacking midfielder reminded him of Lionel Messi.
Any kind of comparison with the Barcelona superstar is going to follow a player and that is exactly what has happened.
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Edwards has been unable to live up to such lofty expectations and, really, that might be the fault of his manager as much as the player.
The Argentine has expressed his own regret at the comments, insisting that he made a “mistake”, per Football.London’s Alasdair Gold.
He said: “It’s about performance. Maybe I made a mistake [Messi comparison].
“I believed it was positive and he would take it in a positive way. When you are young, sometimes you need more time.”
Of course, considering the young attacker was sent back from his loan spell at Norwich City it seems harsh to blame the manager entirely, but setting such a high bar was a gamble that quite simply hasn’t paid off, as Pochettino himself has confirmed.
A move to Brentford in the Championship would take Edwards away from the intense spotlight that is always on an elite Premier League club and allow him, hopefully, to thrive.
He is still just 20 and a move away from Spurs could see Edwards become the first of his name, instead of the second-coming of arguably the best footballer the world has ever seen.