'Needs to grow up' - Manager destroys gifted Tottenham player frozen out of starting XI
By Richard Parks
Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has claimed that on-loan Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards needs to “grow up” before he can make his debut for the Championship club.
The attacking midfielder completed a half-season loan from Spurs to Carrow Road in January but has failed to make the matchday squad in each of the team’s 10 games since his arrival, including Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.
Farke was critical of the gifted 19-year-old attacker’s attitude when he first arrived in Norfolk and has explained that he still has some work to do before he is ready for his debut.
The Norwich boss once again criticised the maturity and application of Edwards as he explained why the Spurs teenager cannot get in his squad.
As quoted by Football London, Farke said: “We spoke many times about no gifts and the players who come in must deserve a chance.
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“Marcus improves a lot but he is still not there, in terms of his attitude without the ball. After letting in four goals at Hull it wouldn’t be the best sign to bring him immediately to the pitch. I was not happy with us defensively (at Hull) and we have to show a reaction in this game. It is not the right time to bring in a player who needs to grow up with his attitude without the ball.
Football Insider verdict:
Farke’s verdict on Edwards will not be a surprise to Tottenham fans who are closely following his career. It follows the claim of Pochettino in his recently-published book that it would have been “impossible” for the the left-footed dribbler to have made it in times gone by due to his attitude and behaviour. Clearly, the youngster has major issues to overcome if he is to carve out a top-level professional career. It is one thing being a wonderkid ripping it up in youth-team football in front of family and mates, it is quite another delivering the goods against grizzled pros in high-pressure matches. Edwards is gifted but very flawed and he is clearly not up to it yet.