16-year-old Marcus Edwards makes his debut for Tottenham's U21s; bright season beckons

The talented teenager is one of the jewels in Tottenham Hotspur's proverbial crown.

Tottenham Hotspur have a large number of promising young players coming through their academy right now but one who is being tipped to shine brighter than most is midfielder Marcus Edwards.

The 16-year-old has impressed for some time both domestically and for England at under-16 and under-17 level and now he has got his first taste of under-21 football for Tottenham with a big season seemingly on the horizon.

Edwards is predominantly an attacking midfielder with flare, innate talent and the kind of confidence that ensures regular moments of brilliance, but he is also versatile, as his spell as a defensive midfielder for the under-21s earlier this week proves.

When he finally breaks through for Tottenham’s first-team – and he will because he is that good – Edwards will surely play in more of an attacking role, but this season he will take whatever chances he is given to play for the under-21s.

Still very young, do not expect to see him in Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team plans for another season or two, but if he continues his current trajectory it will not be too long before he is making the same sort of waves that Dele Alli is now.

The future looks very bright for Tottenham in terms of the young talent they are bringing through, and when you imagine the prospect of Alli, Edwards, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Josh Onomah all turning out in the same side in a few years’ time, long-term success could be right around the corner.

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