By Dominic Toner
Mauricio Pochettino claims that Tottenham sensation Marcus Edwards would be one of the biggest prospects in football if he was born elsewhere.
The 17-year-old playmaker recently made his senior debut for Spurs, being used as a substitute against Gillingham in the EFL Cup third-round.
He was expected to feature on Tuesday night in the fourth-round against Liverpool, but manager Mauricio Pochettino revealed that the teenager suffered an ankle injury last week.
Edwards is excepted to be sidelined until December and it will stall his current rise at the club.
Pochettino recently said that Edwards reminded him of footballing great Lionel Messi at a young age and the Spurs supporters have certainly taken note of their academy player.
The Spurs manager has now claimed that the world would have taken notice of Edwards if he was South American.
“I played when I was 17, it is cultural. You ask me about Marcus Edwards, maybe if Marcus Edwards were born in Brazil or Argentina, today he would be one of the most interesting prospects in football in the world,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Express. “Maybe all the big teams would be fighting to buy him, but he is at Tottenham, he is in England and at 17 he is still a kid. We cannot appreciate he is a man, nearly a man, and he deserves to play.
Edwards is continuing to impress at youth level and has made seven appearances for Spurs’ Under-23s, scoring three goals and supplying four assists.
He has also played for England’s Under-19s and opened the scoring against Bulgaria during the international break, as the young Lions recorded a 2-1 victory.
In other Tottenham news, this 20-year-old has a bright future at the club according to Pochettino.