By Richard Parks

Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Marcus Edwards is not in good enough physical condition to play for the Tottenham first team.

The Spurs manager hailed Edwards, 18, as a potential great 12 months ago as he prepared to make his senior bow in a League Cup win over Gillingham.

But the teenage attacking midfielder has not gone on to make a second appearance for Tottenham after his development was a curtailed by a lengthy spell out injured last season.

Edwards has made four appearances for the Under-23s this season, which have yielded four goals, but Pochettino would rather he continued his development in the youth side.

Explaining that his coaching staff were “so happy” with the teenager, Pochettino does not believe the time is right for him to be playing senior football.

“We need to wait a little bit for him to build more his physical condition and his confidence. He’s better playing in the Under-23s or the Youth Cup than staying with us, maybe on the bench,” said the Argentine, as quoted by journalist Ben Pearce on his personal Twitter account.

Edwards was likened to Lionel Messi by Pochettino last year for his ability to run at defenders with the ball, as well as his slight physique and preference for his left foot.

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