By Danny Wright
Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle has called upon Mauricio Pochettino to make use of rising star Marcus Edwards in his first-team squad this season.
Spurs are the only Premier League team that have failed to make a single addition to their squad this summer, but Hoddle, 59, has suggested that making use of the club’s prestigious academy could help them out.
Edwards, 18, has only earned one senior appearance for Tottenham, but Hoddle reckons that he should be given further chances to show his capabilities with the current first-team squad looking incredibly thin ahead of Sunday’s visit to Newcastle.
The emerging talent made his Spurs debut when he came off the bench in the 5-0 battering of Gillingham in the EFL Cup last season but hasn’t featured since.
Although Hoddle maintains that Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy still need to make considerable additions to the squad, he has highlighted Edwards as someone who can follow the likes of Harry Kane into dazzling the Tottenham supporters.
“The charisma of Mauricio Pochettino can only hold this together for so long. Promoting players from the ranks has been superb and the fans enjoy the rise of the likes of Harry Kane more than anything,” said Hoddle on the Daily Mail website.
“Let’s hope the academy’s current big hope, Marcus Edwards, gets a few appearances this season.
“But those players aren’t ready to go week in, week out in a Premier League that has never been so competitive.
“At some point the goals Tottenham aspire to have to be backed up with ambition and cash. Levy has shown he’s good at selling at the top of the market. Now he needs to show he’s willing to buy at the top of the market.”
Although Spurs are yet to sign a player, they have still managed to bring in a good amount of money following the sales of Kyle Walker, Nabil Bentaleb, Fedrico Fazio and Clinton N’Jie.
Walker’s £50million switch to Manchester City has led to fans being concerned about whether or not the club are willing to pump that money back into the squad.
Kieran Trippier is the only first-team right-back at Tottenham, but he is sidelined for Sunday’s meeting with Newcastle, meaning that another academy prospect Kyle Walker-Peters could be in line to step up to the mark.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs are readying a big money bid for this right-back after he said he wanted to quit his club.