Photo: Tottenham wonderkid Marcus Edwards makes first appearance for under-21s since September

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Marcus Edwards was back in the Tottenham Hotspur starting XI.

Young Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Marcus Edwards was a second half substitute as the under-21 side drew 1-1 with Reading.

The match was just Edwards' second ever under-21 appearance, after playing 12 minutes of a match as a substitute back in September.

He has been with the under-18s since then but last night was given half an hour to show what he can do as part of double change which saw first team ace Nabil Bentaleb taken off.

 Less than 10 minutes later he had produced, starting the move which led to Will Miller scoring the equaliser.

 

The selection of Edwards, 17, carried extra significance due to reports in the press this week. The Guardian claimed he was in a stand off with the club and has not yet signed a professional contract.

His appearance for the under-21s suggests either any dispute has been resolved, or Spurs are testing him at a higher level in a bid to persuade him to stick around.

Former boss Tim Sherwood singled Edwards out for praise in a column for The Independent last year, writing: "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."

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