By Alex Taylor
Tottenham wonderkid Marcus Edwards has been nicknamed ‘mini-Messi’ by club insiders – and fans on Twitter have had a mixed reaction to the news.
The Telegraph claim that Edwards, 17, has been likened to five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi for his stature and style of play.
The youngster is in line to feature in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday evening as Tottenham take on League One outfit Gillingham at White Hart Lane.
Supporters on social media had differing reactions to the nick-name. Some fans believed it was too early to compare Edwards to Messi while others claimed somewhat optimistically that the academy graduate was already better than the Barcelona all-time great.
Here is a selection of the messages on Twitter:
@Matt_Law_DT but really how many players have been dubbed the "new Messi" or the "German/Italian/XYZ Messi"?
— Zahra Hasan (@Zahra_Hasan) September 21, 2016
@MailSport how many times have we heard that about a youngster? ?
— Sam Shinar (@SamShinar) September 21, 2016
@Matt_Law_DT he's better than messi ??
— Paul Mccalla (@pablo_mccalla98) September 20, 2016
Is "Marcus Edwards reminds me of Messi" the new "Martin Jol says Tomas Pekhart is the Czech Wayne Rooney"?
— Ollie Connors (@olliexcore) September 21, 2016
@SkyFootball Messi likened to Edwards imo
— Josh Horsley ? (@joshuathfc_) September 21, 2016
@SkyFootball this guy looks absolutely amazing , but way too early to compare to Leo
— Aldertonghen (@CH5_COYS) September 21, 2016
@SkyFootball Really?Lionel Messi???Get drug tested please!Get drug tested!!!
— Notorious Kris (@Notorious_Kris) September 21, 2016
Edwards will be hoping to live up to his new-found namesake if he features against The Gills.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have made a strong start to their domestic campaign, having already beaten Sunderland, Stoke and Crystal Palace.
The solid start leaves Tottenham third in the Premier League table with 11 points after five games.
Supporters will now be hoping the north London outfit can push on the in the Cup and secure some silverware this season.
In other Tottenham news, Etienne Capoue has scored four goals in his first five games of the new Premier League season – and Spurs fans are wondering on Twitter where this player was when at White Hart Lane.