Is Millwall clash Marcus Edwards' last realistic chance of a Tottenham start this season?

General view of construction at White Hart Lane before the match

Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall go head-to-head this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Marcus Edwards has generated plenty of buzz among the Spurs faithful but the 18-year-old is yet to start for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Tottenham's Marcus Edwards in action against Alex Sandro of Juventus

On a few occasions this season it has seemed the majestic attacking midfielder could have the perfect chance – most notably in the cups – and time and again he has been named on the bench, overlooked or blighted by injury just when his breakthrough seemed imminent.

So far this season, Edwards has managed just a single 15-minute substitute appearance in the League Cup against Gillingham, and this Sunday’s FA Cup clash with Millwall could be his last realistic chance of starting for Tottenham this season.

With Spurs currently Chelsea’s closest challengers for the league title – albeit with a 10-point gap to overcome – Pochettino is unlikely to field experimental teams between now and May, especially with the race for a top-four place potentially going down to the wire given the sides directly below them.

Edwards may get some minutes from the bench if there is nothing left to play for in May, but the likelihood of a start in the league is slim.

Not so in the FA Cup, where Tottenham face a Millwall side they will be quietly confident of beating even with a changed side.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Now fully fit and having been back training with Tottenham’s senior side for the last month, Edwards would surely love the opportunity to show what he can do from the start.

In time he will get plenty of chances to do just that, but in the short term this weekend’s match could be his last realistic shot before the summer.

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