Tottenham’s own Lionel Messi? Meet Marcus Edwards

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This praise may have been taken slightly out of context, but still, Mauricio Pochettino obviously thinks highly of young Marcus Edwards.

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The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who can play out wide or through the center, impressed while on tour with Tottenham’s first team this summer in Australia.

Along with several other talented youngsters, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Tom Carroll to name a few, he is expected to feature for Spurs against Gillingham in their EFL Cup third round tie against third-tier Gillingham on Wednesday at White Hart Lane.

Behind-the-scenes at Spurs everyone is getting pretty excited about Edwards and ahead of this particular game former Espanyol player and manager Pochettino said the promising academy product reminds him of a player he saw at a young age during his time spent living, playing and coaching in Barcelona.

Yep, that guy.

“His qualities … it’s only looks – his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi,” Pochettino said. “He is a very good prospect and, potentially, he can be a top player but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player, but now it’s how he builds his future – that’s very important. It’s our responsibility to tell him.”

Edwards’ nickname is also “Mini Messi” and although being mentioned in the same breath as him by Pochettino shows how much faith his manager has in him, it has to be pointed out that nobody is expecting him to go on to match Messi’s achievements in the game.

He is only 17, let’s not forget that, but Edwards has been earmarked for some time as the next star to come out of Tottenham’s academy. (Sidenote: I picked Edwards as my breakout player in the PL this season in our preseason roundtable).

After Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, Spurs have also had plenty of success signing the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli as youngsters and helping them develop rapidly into first team players in the Premier League.

So, remember the name, Marcus Edwards. And in case you don’t, here’s a video below which shows you a little bit of what he’s all about.

Turns out those Messi comparisons, at least aesthetically, seem pretty spot on…