Ugo Ehiogu praises four Tottenham youngsters, but offers one criticism of Marcus Edwards

Tottenham Hotspur U21 Manager Ugo Ehiogu

Tottenham Hotspur's development squad lost 4-1 to Everton on Monday evening.

Tottenham Hotspur U21 Manager Ugo EhioguTottenham Hotspur U21 Manager Ugo Ehiogu

Tottenham coach Ugo Ehiogu has told the club's official website that wonderkid Marcus Edwards needs to be more ruthless in front of goal.

Spurs' first team picked up yet another win with the 4-0 demolition of Watford on Saturday afternoon, but it was the turn of the Tottenham youngsters on Monday evening.

Spurs' development squad were in action against Everton at Goodison Park, with Ugo Ehiogu taking his side to Merseyside in search of a PL2 victory – but Spurs were on the receiving end of a thumping.

Everton ran out 4-1 winners thanks to goals from Ademola Lookman, Bassala Sambou, Keiran Dowell and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, with Kazaiah Sterling scoring what proved to be a consolation for Spurs.

It was a disappointing result for Spurs, who had trialist Ryan Johnson in action, but coach Ehiogu managed to pick out some positive performances from the game.

The former centre back told Tottenham's official website that he midfielders Cy Goddard and Filip Lesniak were 'very good', whilst young centre back Christian Maghoma was commanding and comfortable on the ball.

Ehiogu also praised full back Jaden Brown for showing flashes of his quality, but called on his young players to dig in when the going gets tough, and to play with more intensity.

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

Ehiogu also had words of criticism for wonderkid playmaker Marcus Edwards, stating that whilst he was superb at beating players with his dribbling ability, he wasn't ruthless enough in front of goal, and must get shots off on goal with more regularity.

“Marcus Edwards, at times, went past players at will but the one criticism was that he wasn't ruthless and didn't get shots off,” said Ehigou. “On the whole it was a lesson in that extra little bit of power and experience. In the crucial 60- to 90-minute period, it's certainly in your mind that you've got to dig in and stay within the game - that's the barrier for me that decides between boys' football and men's football.”

“Cy Goddard and Filip Lesniak were very good and Christian Maghoma was very authoritative with good use of the ball, his defending and a good voice. Jaden Brown has done himself good - in the main he showed flashes of what he can do, athletically and in terms of adventure but he's got to play with more intensity in and around the final third. The boys have got to get used to that,” he added.

Do you think Edwards will become a first-team star with Tottenham?

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch