TALENT NEEDS TIME TO DEVELOP
Many fans go overboard about a youngster who is highly thought of and many were shouting for Marcus Edwards to play in the FA Cup quarter-final against Millwall. He is a young talent yes, but isn't near first team football yet. As an example of that, he wasn't in the England Under-21 squad, he was in the England Under-19 squad.
The slight 18-year-old (19 in December) wasn't selected to play against Spain and remained on the substitutes bench. He played against the weaker Belarus, a game England won 5-1 at the St. George's Park National Football Centre, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. The Spurs prospect scored one and had a further two assists, but the quality of the opposition must be factored in.
Youngsters have to be brought along, they have to train with the first team to break mental barriers. They start training with people they look up to and have to train on equal terms. They can't be in awe, they have to develop their game and be accepted in their own right.
I remember reports of DeAndre Yedlin when he started training with the squad. Apparently, he was miles away from the standard required, his technical ability just wasn't good enough. That is then a mental barrier for others, they could see every day he wasn't good enough so if he were picked that is then in their minds and that is a factor. that could affect their own game.
Belgian youngster Youri Tielemans puts his improved form this season down to his teammates trusting him more, accepting his ability and passing him the ball more often as a result.
Edwards is a talent in the making, but let's not go overboard and start shouting for first team selection just yet.
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