Marcus Edwards scores first senior goal for Tottenham; breakthrough imminent?

England's Marcus Edwards

Big things are expected of the diminutive attacking midfielder at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham's Marcus Edwards and Manchester United's Timothy Fosu Mensah in actionTottenham's Marcus Edwards and Manchester United's Timothy Fosu Mensah in action

Marcus Edwards netted his first senior goal for Spurs’ in yesterday’s friendly win over Rotherham United - and that may soon become a regular occurrence.

The 17-year old scored the third in a 3-1 win at Hotspur Way as the Lilywhites played the last of three behind-closed doors friendlies before their trip to Australia next week.

His goal was typical of what many have come to expect from the exciting prospect. His endeavor and pressing overturned possession near the byline, his dribbling skill beat the nearest challenger and his excellent striking found the roof of the net from a tight angle.

England's Marcus EdwardsEngland's Marcus Edwards

Spurs had feared losing the talented attacker earlier this year after issues over the terms of his first professional contract led to difficulties in the negotiation process - as reported by the Guardian – but these now appear resolved.

Rumblings on Twitter from reputable accounts linked to the Tottenham youth setup have suggested that a contract has now been agreed, with a promise of first-team opportunities coming as part of the deal.

Edwards’ presence in pre-season friendlies suggests some kind of resolution has been reached and if that is the case, Spurs fans are in for a real treat should he make his competitive bow next season.

Marcus Edwards - England U16 in action against Shea Gordon - Northern Ireland U16Marcus Edwards - England U16 in action against Shea Gordon - Northern Ireland U16

The starlet has been at the club since he was eight-years old and is regarded as one of the most talented players in the country within his age group.

He scored seven goals in 19 games for Tottenham’s Under-18 team last season and has a highlight reel that would have any football purist excited.

His playing style has drawn somewhat weighty comparisons to a certain Lionel Messi - given his small stature, excellent balance and stunning close control - and he would unquestionably add another element to the Spurs attack.

Nacer Chadli celebrates scoring the third goal for TottenhamNacer Chadli celebrates scoring for Tottenham

With Clinton N’Jie set for a loan move to Marseille and Nacer Chadli the subject of a bid from Swansea – as reported by the Guardian and the Daily Mail, respectively – Edwards may just find he has an opportunity to shine next season.

Tottenham have a real gem on their hands and with Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, there is no better place for him make his entrance.

Will Marcus Edwards make his breakthrough next season?

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