Tottenham fans call on Pochettino to play wonderkid against Fulham
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham fans on Twitter have called on Mauricio Pochettino to play Marcus Edwards against Fulham in Sunday’s FA Cup fifth round clash.
Spurs make the short journey to west London to play Championship outfit Fulham after losing their last two matches, against Liverpool and Gent.
Manager Pochettino is expected to ring the changes and select a number of fringe players for the FA Cup encounter, as he did in the previous two rounds of the competition against lower league outfits Aston Villa and Wycombe.
Tottenham supporters are hopeful that one of the players given some game time is highly rated 18-year-old playmaker Edwards.
Fans on social media have not only called on Pochettino to give the wonderkid a chance but also want him to play instead of senior attacking midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who has had a wretched season since his £30million transfer from Newcastle last summer.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Imagine if this is Marcus Edwards day. The day a toiling team gets its shot of skill & a ⭐️ is born.
*cut to Sissoko dribbling into Thames*
— Charlie Parrish (@charlieparrish) February 19, 2017
If Marcus Edwards is fit, then has to be in the squad over Sissoko, no way that he could do any worse. Shocking for a pro baller #COYS
— DC (@DC3556) February 16, 2017
— Amoot Point (@siranugahotoke_) February 16, 2017
— Paolo Iantosca (@piantoscablog) February 19, 2017
Match day! Expect one of Edwards/KWP to get some gametime today! #COYS
— Adhithya (@adhithya35) February 19, 2017
Tomorrow, Fulham away, a real FACup banana skin. Hope the boss unleashes Marcus Edwards. Great chance for him to show how good he is. #coys
— Lord John (@johnastijake) February 18, 2017
— John Bailey (@baileyjohn80) February 18, 2017
England Under-19 international Edwards has made only one senior Spurs appearance to date – a 15-minute run-out in September’s League Cup demolition over Gillingham – but is tipped for big things by club staff.
Pochettino has already taken the extraordinary step of comparing the left-footed dribbler to a young Lionel Messi and predicted he can be a “great” player.
The teenager will be hoping he is named in the matchday squad to face Fulham after recently making his comeback from an ankle injury that had sidelined him for more than three months.
In other Tottenham news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.