Rejoice, O ye Tottenham faithful and be glad, for Messi with an Afro hath signeth a new deal! Tottenham Hotspur announced via their social media channels that 18-year old Spurs academy product, attacking midfielder, and wonderkid Marcus Edwards has signed a new two year contract extension that will keep him a Spurs player until 2020.
A lot of American Spurs fans were excited to possibly see Edwards play in the preseason International Champions Cup games, but Edwards wasn’t a part of the traveling squad — he was left home to get a breather after helping England win the U19 European Championships in the Republic of Georgia a couple of weeks ago.
Edwards is one of the most promising players to come out of the academy in decades — not even Harry Kane generated the amount of excitement as a teen that this kid does. A diminutive player with bags of skill and a good motor, Edwards made his Spurs debut as a 17 year old in the League Cup match against Gillingham last fall, but suffered an injury and missed a lot of time last season. He probably would’ve gotten more first team minutes without that injury, and it’s thought that his recovery is what kept him as more or less an impact sub for England U19 this summer.
After some hemming and hawing, Edwards signed his first professional contract last summer, a two year deal that expired next year. His absence from the USA tour squad and that contract led to some spurious reports online that he was threatening not to sign a new deal. Hopefully this puts those bad rumors to rest.
It’s also good for this blog because we get to keep the Marcus Edwards hype train chugging along. And what is Cartilage Free Captain without a young player to hype? Choo-choo!