Nothing to lose amid reported crisis: Why Edwards should start for Tottenham against Burnley
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Tottenham face a devastating selection blow ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley on Saturday, as three senior attacking stars may miss out.
ESPN’s Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick revealed on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that there could be fitness concerns for both Vincent Janssen and Son Heung-Min, following the international break.
With Harry Kane already sidelined, as well as long-term absentee Erik Lamela, Mauricio Pochettino faces a potentially major selection dilemma.
Kilpatrick reported that Janssen was suffering from the ‘lurgy’, while Son played a full 90 minutes for South Korea, and may not be at the peak level of fitness to play a complete role against Burnley.
However, if the trio are sidelined – even if just restricted to a substitute role – there is an ideal opportunity for Tottenham to hand exciting teenage academy product Marcus Edwards a starting role, in attacking midfield.
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With no Kane, Son or Janssen, Tottenham haven’t got too much to lose by fielding a youngster in an attacking role. He can’t do that much worse than Moussa Sissoko.
The most likely scenario will see Dele Alli lead the line as a potential shadow striker, or false-nine. The 20-year-old has been a surprise package in front of goal this season, netting an incredible 17 goals from 39 appearances.
He seems the inevitable successor to the goalscoring mantle should Tottenham’s attacking resources should be so badly depleted.
However, that leaves a vacancy in an attacking-midfield role, and that should see Edwards let loose on Sean Dyche’s Burnley.
The 18-year-old made a brief cameo display for the first team in the EFL Cup victory over Gillingham at the start of the season, but has been forced to wait for a second opportunity to showcase his talents.
But he is held in very high-regard by Pochettino and the Tottenham fans, and they would no doubt love to see him finally kick on after being handed a key role at Turf Moor.
He has pace, power and skill, and it is only a matter of time before he will finally be handed his first opportunity to impress on the Premier League stage. Why wait beyond Saturday?
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