Poch reveals why Tottenham attacker is not good enough for first-team action
Mauricio Pochettino has talked about why he sent out 19-year-old winger Marcus Edwards on loan.
Edwards joined Championship side Norwich last week until the end of the season, and Pochettino is hoping he comes back a more “mature” player.
Edwards played 15 minutes for Tottenham in the EFL Cup game against Gillingham in the tail end of 2016 but hasn’t managed to break into the senior team again since.
And Pochettino clearly believes he needs to add more to his game before he can challenge for a place in a team that’s blessed with attacking quality.
Talking to Football.London, Pochettino praised Edwards, saying he was clearly a “talented” player, but explained why he wasn’t good enough to challenge for a first-team place at the moment.
“Marcus is a very talented player but now he is in a moment where he needs to move on to step up.
“An opportunity has arrived at a very good club like Norwich and I think you can see – they played against Chelsea and they played very good football.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for him to step up, move there and try – in three and a half months – to try to get more mature and to try to compete after spending maybe half his life in Tottenham’s academy.
“He now has the possibility to be a man. To be more mature and to help himself to achieve all that we believe he can achieve. Its a process and for us he must be positive.”
Tottenham fans will be hoping he gets regular game-time for Norwich, who are currently mid-table in the Championship.
They’re currently in 13th and nine points off the play-offs, so would need a huge push between now and the end of the season to challenge for promotion.
Edwards will be hoping he has a big part to play in that.
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