Has Jadon Sancho taken Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards' crown as the next big thing?

Marcus Edwards of Tottenham and Dean Hammond of Leicester during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at White Hart Lane on May 4, 2017 in London,...

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder continues to make waves with the under-23s while Jadon Sancho is getting a chance at Borussia Dortmund.

Marcus Edwards of Tottenham Hotspur takes a penalty to score his sides third goal during a Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur training ground,...

For years, Tottenham Hotspur youngster Marcus Edwards has been tipped as the next big thing in English football; our own mini Messi and a superstar in waiting for the North London club.

With that kind of hype, the reality was always going to be either a letdown or severely delayed, and so it has proved, with the 18-year-old featuring only once for Tottenham to date - in a 15-minute cameo against Gillingham in last season's EFL Cup.

Jadon Sancho (C) of England is attacked by Ricardo Farcas (L) and Darius Tieranu (R) of Romania during the UEFA Under-17 EURO Qualifier between U17 England and U17 Romania at Football...

This time round Edwards has had to make do with appearances with Tottenham's under-23s and in the UEFA Youth League and, while he has done well on both stages, it is hard to see where his next opportunity for the senior side is going to come from.

In contrast, 17-year-old Sancho has made the brave move to Germany, where he is making tentative steps into Borussia Dortmund's first-team.

A six-minute appearance off the bench against Eintracht Frankfurt was followed by a 10-minute run-out against Bayern Munich and those, albeit brief, outings will teach him plenty in the months ahead.

Marcus Edwards of England is fouled by Justin Hoogma of Netherlands  during the international match between England U20's and Netherlands U20's at the New Bucks Head Stadium on August 31,...

That is all Tottenham fans are really craving for Edwards - the chance to get a few minutes under his belt instead of some of the under-performing alternatives of recent years, such as Clinton N'Jie and Georges-Kevin N'Koudou.

That was not to be, and there is the very real risk of Edwards losing his crown as the next big thing to a player younger but equally as talented as him.

Then again, perhaps with less pressure to justify the hype, he could finally prove his worth to a Tottenham side who should benefit by his brilliance for years to come.

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