By Dominic Toner
Graham Roberts has hailed the ability of Marcus Edwards on Twitter following his appearance against Gillingham.
Edwards, 17, was used as a second-half substitute in Tottenham’s comfortable 5-0 win against the League One side in the EFL Cup third-round.
Mauricio Pochettino decided to use the full depth of his squad, with Cameron Carter-Vickers, Anton Walkes, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Edwards all making their Spurs debuts.
Spurs’ reward for beating Gillingham is a trip to Anfield in the last 16 to face Liverpool.
Ex-Spurs player Roberts took to his personal Twitter account to pick out the cameo performance of the midfielder and revealed he had heard about the rise of Edwards.
“Fair play @rocketrichman been telling me for years about Marcus Edwards but looks class his balance and shot looks a real tottenham player,” he said.
Spurs face Middlesbrough in the league and a crucial Champions League match against CSKA Moscow in the next week, meaning Pochettino was keen to rest some key players.
The Argentinian manager made 11 changes from the team that won 1-0 in the Premier League against Sunderland on Sunday, and used the match to hand Edwards his senior bow as a 75th minute substitute for Vincent Janssen.
The Spurs manager had hailed Edwards’ immense potential in the build-up to the EFL Cup clash and even compared the teenager to all-time great Lionel Messi.
Edwards has already made four appearances for the England under-21 side, scoring four goals and supplying one assist.
The youngster will hope to be given more first-team opportunities in the future and could be used by Pochettino more often, with the club fighting on both European and domestic fronts this season.
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