Marcos Edwards said he wants to return to the Premier League “one day”, but insists he remains fully focused with Sporting Lisbon “for now” after helping the Portuguese side win the Champions League 2-0 at former club Tottenham on Tuesday.
Edwards – a former player at Tottenham’s academy – was one of Sporting’s biggest threats against Antonio Conte’s side, and he came close to scoring with Lionel Messi.
How Nick Wright described Edwards Messi-Iske’s career against Tottenham…
Former Tottenham youngster Marcus Edwards continued to cause trouble for his old team, most notably when he embarked on a magical dribble shortly before the break, dancing in a crowd of Tottenham players and exchanging passes with Trinkau before firing a blow to his toes. That faded after based off loris.”
The 23-year-old, whom former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino once compared with Messi, said the result could not have been sweeter than the opponent.
His qualities…just the looks – his body and the way he plays – remind a bit of Messi’s start.
“It feels great and I think we deserve it,” Edwards said. “We showed how we can play.” Sports BT.
“I wouldn’t say more excellence, but it was a special feeling to play against Tottenham. It was good to see people I know – players and coaching staff.
“It stayed the same. The focus was the same. It’s a proper family environment here and I couldn’t be happier.
“It’s home, so of course I want to go back there [to the Premier League] one day. I’m just focusing on what I’m doing here right now.”
Edwards’ career so far…
Edwards came through the academy ranks at Tottenham but only made one first-team appearance – a remarkable appearance in the League Cup against Gillingham in September 2016.
He failed to appear with Tottenham again and was released in 2019 before joining Portuguese club Vitoria.
After impressing with Vitoria, Edwards joined Sporting earlier this year.
He will have a bright future
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris has praised Edwards for his performance against his former club, saying he will have a bright future ahead.
“He’s more mature now but he has the same quality we saw a few years ago when he trained with the first team,” said Lloris.
“He has the perfect personality to play in this type of team and this type of league, but obviously, if he continues in the same way, he will have a bright future.”
Edwards on England’s radar?
Edwards’ performances in Portugal and the Champions League are starting to catch on in England, and with Gareth Southgate naming his squad for this month’s Nations League matches on Thursday, speculation has begun to grow over whether the 23-year-old will win. call up.
However, Sky Sports News’ chief correspondent, Rob Dorsett, does not believe a surprise call will occur yet.
“Another illustrious youngster, Edwards was impressed earlier this week by his man-of-the-match performance, goalscoring, and Champions League performance against Tottenham – the club he was released three years ago. But don’t expect a surprise call-up for him. However,.”
Even if there is no England recognition yet for Edwards, Sporting coach Ruben Amorim has already claimed he could easily move to the national team.
“Marcus is a very talented player,” Amorim said. “He is one of the best players to play between the lines. He has taken some time to adapt to the Portuguese lifestyle but he has a lot of talent. He can improve a lot.
“He could even make it into the England national team. He has to focus more on training and everything that goes around him. Football isn’t just games, it’s everything in between. I trust him a lot. I know he can grow a lot. He has a long way to go but I think we’ve done.” An excellent job signing him up.”
I don’t think about it [England] But of course, it would be nice.
Analysis: Edwards shows Tottenham made a mistake in selling him
Sky Sports Nick Wright:
Marcus Edwards insisted there was no further motivation to take on his former club when he was interviewed live afterwards, but it didn’t look that way on the pitch. Edwards played like a young man who had a point to prove.
The 23-year-old, who was born and raised at Enfield and played for Tottenham from the age of eight until his twenty-something, was the standout performer as Sporting Lisbon stunned Antonio Conte’s side at Jose Alvalade Stadium.
Spurs couldn’t live with him in the first half, and his speed at the break made him a dangerous outlet from the seventh minute, when he walked forward and sent Pedro Goncalves for a low shot that required a sprawling save from Hugo Lloris.
There were plenty of eye-catching moments, but the best of them came shortly before the break when Edwards, whom Mauricio Pochettino likened to Lionel Messi, set off in a magical race that the man himself would have been proud of.
Edwards completed five dribbles in the first half alone – two more than anyone else managed in the entire match – and there was intelligence in his play as well, evident in the positions he took between the lines such as Sporting’s false nines.
His performance was a continuation of a good start to the season in Portugal and he will leave some at Spurs with a red face.
His boyhood club had high hopes for him in his youth, but the player long considered the most talented player of his generation at Tottenham was sold in 2019 having only made one major appearance. How should they regret it now. Edwards seems destined for the big things.