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WATCH: 18 year old phenom Marcus Edwards sets up goal with skillful run for Spurs U23s

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Messi with an Afro is back and juking U23 players.

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League 2 Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

We haven’t heard the name Marcus Edwards for a while, and it’s not all his fault. After making his first team debut in Tottenham Hotspur’s EFL Cup win over Gillingham this fall, Spurs’ highly regarded 18-year old attacking midfielder endured an injury that kept him off the pitch for a few months, with him only recently getting match fit.

His long absence hasn’t hurt his skills, though. Check out this clip from yesterday’s U23 match against Everton, courtesy of the wonderful @thfcacademy:

It’s a little grainy, but Marcus Edwards is the guy right at the end of the clip who receives the pass on the left side of the box, jukes two Everton defenders, and crosses into the area for Kazaiah Sterling to eventually tap home.

That’s just about the only positive thing to happen to the U23s, who lost the match 4-1. However, Edwards is still looking like the kind of player who we squeeed about two years ago in our prospect ratings. With a little more experience I suspect he’ll eventually be able to dribble Premier League players out of their cleats.

With Spurs still pushing for their highest ever finish in the Premier League and an FA Cup trophy, it’s very unlikely we’ll see Marcus Edwards play again for the first team this season. Next year, though? It seems quite possible that with a good offseason, Afro Messi might his chance the same way that Josh Onomah and Harry Winks got theirs.