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Leeds United: Turned down the opportunity to sign Marcus Edwards from Tottenham Hotspur

Leeds United: Turned down the opportunity to sign Marcus Edwards from Tottenham Hotspur

Leeds United turned down the opportunity to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Marcus Edwards, according to a report by Football Insider.

It has been claimed the Premier League outfit had told the Whites that he would be available for a transfer as part of the deal to sign Jack Clarke.

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However, it has since been revealed Marcelo Bielsa had alternative targets on his radar and the club are thought to have only wanted to receive a cash deal for their own youngster.

It would not be a surprise if there were doubts about Edwards’ attitude and professionalism, as well as the idea that Bielsa had other attacking targets in mind.

Mauricio Pochettino made the massive claim in 2016 that he saw glimpses of maestro Lionel Messi in the youngster’s game (Sky Sports) and had challenged the attacker to fulfil his potential, however things appeared to go downhill for him.

Indeed, his loan spell at Norwich appeared to attract some rather negative thoughts about the player as he had his temporary stay at the Canaries cut short because of alleged concerns with his attitude towards being a professional footballer (Telegraph).

In fact, Edwards managed to play just six minutes for the then-Championship outfit (Transfermarkt) before making his return to Spurs, however it appears he got his head down a little whilst in Holland.

During his time with Excelsior, the 20-year-old was utilised far more often as he played 25 matches in a largely starting role, contributing with two goals and four assists.

Indeed, Leeds obviously managed to acquire the likes of Helder Costa, Jack Harrison and Eddie Nketiah on temporary deals (with the former having an option to turn his loan spell into a permanent switch), whilst Clarke ultimately returned to Elland Road for a short time, which would suggest Bielsa had no need for him.

Considering who Bielsa managed to bring in on loan deals this summer, it would seem Leeds did not need to have Edwards in their side.

The 20-year-old was allegedly wanted by a host of Championship clubs before completing a move to Portuguese outfit Vitoria SC on a permanent deal, although it appears the Whites were not a potential suitor.

Leeds fans, what do you make of Bielsa’s decision to not bring Edwards to Elland Road? Let us know your thoughts by sharing them in the comments section below!

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