Ever since Jadon Sancho took the bold step in leaving Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund, a plethora of youngsters have since joined the now England international in looking towards Europe as a source to developing their game.
And Marcus Edwards became one of the latest talented players to swap England for a European club as the former Tottenham prospect made the permanent move to Vitoria in Portugal this summer.
And the 20-year-old midfielder is finding life in northern Portugal fairly well, with stats from Transfermarkt showing that the former Tottenham youngster has already managed a goal and three assists in all competitions for the Liga NOS side, with Edwards scoring against Arsenal in the Europa League earlier in the season.
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Leaving home at such an early age is a daunting task for most players, but in a recent interview with Record, Edwards admitted that leaving Tottenham in search of first-team football was the right step to take for the betterment of his career.
The Spurs youngster said: “I needed a project where I could develop my football, settle down and move forward in my career. Things were not always easy and I think I needed a challenge like that. It was also very important to feel that Vitória really wanted me. I felt very desired, and after talking to my family, the decision was easy. And for now, I couldn’t be happier for the option I took.”
Edwards later added with: “I came to a very different reality from the one I was inhabiting, but it was a step that I wanted to take. This was the ideal opportunity to do so. It may have been a difficult step, but it was necessary for me and for my career.”
With Jose Mourinho now manager of Tottenham, it would seemingly make sense for some of Spurs’ current crop of youngsters to see Edwards as some form of inspiration in how to take the right step in their careers.
The former Manchester United manager is notorious for being reluctant to hand youth players a chance in the first-team, with Tifo Football dubbing Mourinho as ‘The Enemy of the Academy’, and Edwards honest interview should be viewed as an eye-opener to Tottenham’s young players like Olivier Skipp and Troy Parrott as what to do with their careers in the now.