Date: 31st August 2018 at 2:30pm
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On Thursday Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that hugely talented and rated youngster Marcus Edwards had headed to Holland for a loan spell with Excelsior.

The 19-year-old heads out to the Dutch Eredivisie on a season-long loan deal and he’s long been considered a talent at Spurs, having made his senior bow as a substitute back in the 2016/17 season in the EFL Cup tie against Gillingham where we took a 5-0 victory.

He was set for a spell with Norwich City in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign but he only made one substitute appearance for them, and others issues took the headlines and from memory those issues caused the spell to be ended prematurely.

He has undoubted talent but he needs to knuckle down as football has seen plenty of talent wasted – yes they enjoy the riches of the game and the trappings it can bring, but with some discipline and application far more could’ve been on offer. It would be a shame for any more footballers to fall into that trap and from Norwich stories, I actually think the move out to Holland could be the making of this kid because he won’t have the UK press hounding him for a mistake.

Not everyone sees it that way though.

A number of tweeters panicked thinking we’d sold him and others blamed the club – the challenge is there for the lad to deserve Poch’s attention, it should never be gifted on a plate.

Help, support, an arm around the shoulder yes…but you make your mark based on merit, not sympathy.

Edwards’ challenge is to walk back through the door with merit.