By Paul Robinson

16th Sep, 2022 | 12:00pm

Tottenham expert shares 'risky' transfer claim as Paul Pogba cited

Paul Robinson has claimed Tottenham took “a risk” by allowing Marcus Edwards to leave the club on a free.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former White Hart Lane number one compared the 23-year-old’s exit to that of Paul Pogba from Man United.

Pogba left United for Juventus in August 2012 on a free transfer, only to return to the club for a fee of £89million four years later.

The centre-midfielder left Old Trafford on a free transfer once again at the end of June this year.

Marcus Edwards left Spurs on a free transfer in September 2019 to join Vitoria Guimaraes.

An impressive two-and-a-half years with Vitoria Guimaraes earned the winger a move to Sporting Lisbon.

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As shown on BT Sport (13 September), Edwards starred in a 2-0 win for Sporting Lisbon over his former side Tottenham.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Spurs’ failure to retain the services of Edwards, Robinson said: “Sometimes clubs take a risk.

“You only have to look at Paul Pogba and Man United. Look at how much they had to pay to get him back.

“That is why clubs now put buyback clauses in deals. If a club thinks there is something there, but there is not an opportunity for them at the club, put a buyback clause in there.

“Spurs have not done that though. They must have been pretty confident with their decision.”

In other news, Agbonlahor has suggested Harry Kane is pushing for Real Madrid move after Tottenham talks reveal.