Tottenham youngster's loan spell has been a disaster, it must be ended for his own good
COMMENT By Richard Parks
Bring him home. For his own good.
If there is any hidden clause in Marcus Edwards’ loan deal with Norwich City, then Tottenham should exercise it.
The attacking midfielder completed a half-season loan from Spurs to Carrow Road in January but has failed to make the matchday squad in each of the team’s seven games since his arrival.
A minor back injury was apparently the initial problem, but Norwich boss Daniel Farke has admitted that it is the player’s attitude that is now stopping his selection.
The worrying thing for Tottenham is that Farke has revealed he is unlikely to utilise Edwards until 30 March, their first league fixture after the forthcoming international break.
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The German simply does not trust the teenager, whose mental and physical shape he regards as below the standard for a player in a club who are 14th in the Championship.
The alarm bells should be ringing at Tottenham’s Enfield training headquarters. Not that Norwich’s ambivalence to the player will be huge surprise.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino doused the flames of anger among supporters keen for the wonderkid who has ripped up youth-team football to be fast-tracked into the first team in his recently-published book.
The manager’s admission that it would have been “impossible” for the the left-footed dribbler to have made it in times gone by due to his attitude and behaviour was a stunning one, and makes a mockery of his own comparisons to Lionel Messi 18 months ago, which the Argentine now admits he regrets.
Edwards appears to be slipping backwards, unable to get a game at a club who can neither get promoted or relegated this season.
“In general, he has improved a lot, in terms of his attitude, but he can still grow up a bit more and also we have to work on strengthening his body to help his endurance and power,” Farke said of Edwards, as quoted by the Evening News.
“The last two weeks he was able to do proper training with us. He is not far away, not an option for this next game (against Nottingham Forest), because it is a bit too early and he has to improve a bit in some topics.
“At the latest, after the next international break but he might be involved before then.”
The last two months appear wasted ones in Edwards’ career.
The sooner his spell at Norwich is brought to an end, the better.