Marcus Edwards may not be a name you're familiar with, but get used to hearing it. Edwards, still just 16, has been garnering a lot of hype around England for his skills and he continues to be recognized by national team manager John Peacock as one of the best in his age group. Edwards is an central midfielder who is also capable of playing further forward as an attacking midfielder, and, best of all, he has an amazing afro.
I'd be lying if I said I had seen Edwards play, so let's hear from someone who knows a thing or two about Tottenham's academy. Take it away, Tim Sherwood!
Currently in the academy at Spurs there is a 15-year-old, Marcus Edwards, who is already playing for England Under-17s. He is the kind of player who, as a coach, makes you look forward to walking out on to that pitch in the morning. Everyone in development football has heard of Marcus. He is a gifted technician with a low centre of gravity, who can pass off either foot or dribble past opponents.
When I was at Spurs, I would persuade anyone and everyone at the training ground to come over to see him train. He is a joy to watch. Again, he is the kind of player who might not always get a game. There might be a bigger boy who could be more effective on that given day, but in time Marcus has the potential to be a great player, a make-the-difference footballer. He can win you a game. These are the kind of talented players that we must not neglect.
So, there you go. If Sherwood thinks this kid is a difference maker then....well, I actually don't know what to think of that. Regardless, this kid is sixteen and he's been recognized in many in England as a star in the making. Obviously, this comes with all the caveats that Edwards is just 16 and there's a lot that can happen between this stage of his development and making his first team debut, but the kid clearly loves the game and has impressed people as being a hard worker. Those attributes are the ones that tend to lead to success.