By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Marcus Edwards played for Tottenham in their 2-1 Premier League 2 defeat to Manchester City on Friday night – and fans took to Twitter to assess his performance.
The Spurs sensation featured from the start for Ugo Ehiogu’s team in the showdown at White Hart Lane.
But Edwards was unable to swing the match in his team’s favour in his sixth appearance this season for the club in Premier League 2, which is a development competition for leading players aged 23 and under.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 14, 2016
City gained a modicum of revenge for their senior side’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs earlier this month, with the victory away from home.
Tottenham dominated for much of the match but had only a consolation penalty from substitute Shayon Harrison to show for their efforts.
Edwards, who played the full 90 minutes of the encounter, was unable to add to the three goals and two assists he has accumulated in Premier League 2 this season.
Spurs fans subsequently gave their verdicts on the performance of the playmaker.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Marcus Edwards may now be my second favourite spurs young player after Alli
— Chase (@Dynamic_Dele) October 14, 2016
@Dxmbele you only rate marcus edwards because he has cool hair, when in reality, he’ll never make the grade at Spurs
— Ahmed (@TDotClock) October 14, 2016
Marcus Edwards, remember the name.#COYS
— Nagaraj ck (@SpursfanNagaraj) October 14, 2016
Tottenham 1 Manchester City 2: Mini-Messi Marcus Edwards cannot inspire Ugo Ehiogu’s Spurs
— Helena SaakwaMante (@HelenaSaakwaMan) October 15, 2016
#thfc Spurs break down the left. Tracey’s cross is towards Edwards but “Mini Messi’s” touch is too heavy and City clear. 0-1.
— Nikhil Saglani (@Nikhil_Saglani) October 14, 2016
Edwards, who made his senior debut in Tottenham’s 5-0 League Cup hammering of third tier Gillingham last month, has a burgeoning reputation.
He has impressed in Spurs’ youth set-up in recent years as well as dazzling during pre-season for the senior team.
The left-footed playmaker was hailed as a future great in the build-up to the League Cup win by manager Mauricio Pochettino, who compared his style of play to Lionel Messi.
Given his involvement for the development side, Edwards is almost certain not to be in the senior squad for Spurs’ Premier League trip to West Brom on Saturday.
Nevertheless, Edwards may not involved in the next round of the League Cup later this month even though Pochettino’s side have been drawn away to Liverpool.
In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against West Brom on Saturday.