By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Tottenham wonderkid Marcus Edwards has been nicknamed ‘mini-Messi’ by club insiders, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the attacking midfielder, 17, has already drawn comparisons at White Hart Lane with Argentine all-time great Lionel Messi for his stature and style of play.
Edwards is in line to be named in the Spurs squad for the first time on Wednesday night as they host Gillingham in the League Cup.
Manager Pochettino is expected to make a number of changes to his regular side against the League One club, which will give opportunities to the latest crop of emerging White Hart Lane stars.
Edwards, 17, and centre-back Carter-Vickers, 18, are set to be involved in the matchday squad against Gillingham in what should provide an exciting glimpse into the future for the Tottenham faithful.
Speaking on Tuesday, Pochettino mentioned Edwards in the same breath as Messi, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
“Marcus Edwards, he is still 17 years old,” said Pochettino, as quoted by the Telegraph. “His qualities? It’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays, remind a little bit from the beginning of Messi. He’s small, he’s left-footed.”
“He [Edwards] is a very good prospect and, potentially, he can be a top player but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player but now it’s how he builds his future, that’s very important. And it’s our responsibility to tell him.”
Spurs have earned a reputation for producing and developing some of the best young talents in England in recent seasons.
Kane, Nabil Bentaleb, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, Josh Onomah, Danny Rose and Crystal Palace summer signing Andros Townsend all graduated from the Tottenham academy into the first-team squad, while Eric Dier and Dele Alli have taken huge strides in a very short time at White Hart Lane.
In other Tottenham news, a report has provided a Harry Kane injury update after two Monday scans.