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Marcus Edwards a target for Bayer Leverkusen: ESPN

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“Miniaturmessi”?

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Marcus Edwards’ tenure with Tottenham Hotspur may be coming to an end. The supremely talented youngster and Spurs academy graduate is a target for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen, according to ESPN.

We know the deal with Mini Messi at this point: he is considered, talent-wise, one of the best young players of his generation in England, but he’s struggled to make a mark with Spurs and his career up until now has been dogged by allegations of immaturity and attitude issues. After making his club debut against Gillingham two seasons ago, he has yet to make his way back to Spurs’ first team, and he’s coming off of an absolutely disastrous loan at Norwich last year.

Spurs are reportedly ready to cut bait on him, and if he does leave the club he’d be the latest in a string of young England footballers to seek their fortunes outside of the United Kingdom. He would also follow former Spurs academy players Keanan Bennetts and Reo Griffiths, who recently completed moves to Gladbach and Lyon, respectively.

I don’t know what to believe about Edwards’ reported attitude issues. He’s 19 and I have no idea what his background is or what cards life has dealt him. Ultimately it doesn’t really matter — Spurs have apparently decided that they’re not willing to deal with him any longer, and it looks as though he’s going to realize (or not realize) his potential away from Tottenham.

The links to Bayer are for now just rumors, so let’s not put the cart in front of the horse here. I would expect, however, that Edwards will be sold before the close of the transfer window, whether it’s to Germany or somewhere else. It’s another story to watch as the window careens to a close.