Tottenham Hotspur have a strong recent history of bringing players through the youth system and into the first-team.
The growing careers of the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Harry Kane and Harry Winks all serve to illuminate Tottenham’s policy of promoting players from within, and their net spend in recent years also proves that the club are looking to become as organic as possible whilst their title rivals splurge on new talent in the transfer market.
Regardless of the complaints of supporters who were disappointed with Tottenham’s failure to sign any new players during the summer, it appears to be a policy which is enabling the club to progress.
However, whilst plenty of youth players have successfully made the transition from youth to senior football one player has been struggling to progress, namely Marcus Edwards.
Famously dubbed as a ‘mini Messi’ by Pochettino, Edwards failed to break into the first-team at Norwich City in what was initially supposed to be a short-term loan deal until the end of the season, but he cut his stint short in April after failing to settle in East Anglia.
But it appears Tottenham are not willing to give up on the 19-year-old just yet as The Guardian confirmed on Thursday afternoon that he has joined Excelsior Rotterdam on a season-long loan deal.
In response to the reports, the Tottenham supporters turned out in their numbers to wish the teenager the best of luck for his stint in Holland and urged him to use the experience as a platform from which to launch his stuttering career.
Here’s what the Tottenham fans have had to say in response to Edwards’ departure on Twitter…
Could be a great player in the number 10 role
— Levy and Lewis Out (@RealDGGHD) August 30, 2018
Hopefully he puts in the effort in this loan, attitude was poor during the last.
— Jack (@jackyaboii) August 30, 2018
Hope it works out for him. In Poch's book it talks a bit about ME's upbringing and the problems he has.. needs to overcome that and put in the work to make it, just turning up won't be good enough.
— Daniel (@Daniel__Nash) August 30, 2018
Let's hope their manager is Stam or someone that can sort him out
— c (@AIdertonghen) August 30, 2018
Marcus you have so much potential and play for a manager that believes in youngsters!!!
Please get your head down and focus
— Damien Buhagiar (@djBuhagiar) August 30, 2018
Great. Hope he rips the eredivisie up.
— Smogz (@Smogz) August 30, 2018
best of luck, know you’ll smash it @marcusedwards__ and get on track for first team football next season
— Blub (@IIBlubbeyII) August 30, 2018
Good luck Marcus – Spurs fans have high hopes for you!
— N17_ADL (@andyl_14) August 30, 2018
Best of luck to the player, he has far too much potential to not go on to be a top, top player for us.
If he can just knuckle down and apply the right attitude there’s absolutely no reason why he can’t work his way to a place in the Spurs first-team under Pochettino.
— Ricky Sacks