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Edwards a million miles from first-team standard

7:48 am

I watched the Tottenham Hotspur Under-23 side take on Swansea City at the Lamex stadium in a Premier League 2 match and to be honest Marcus Edwards was only in the game for flashes.

I haven't seem him enough to formulate a definitive opinion but observation based on what I saw last night would lead me to wanting answers to certain questions.

He looked the classic disinterested footballer we have seen many time before so is the desire there? Does he think he is good enough to be playing at a higher level or is he simply frustrated that he is so small and knows that is holding him back. I would certainly want to know more about his mentality if I were an opposition scout watching him. Physically he simply can't compete and adults would simply out muscle him.

That isn't a new observation based on Pochettino suggesting as much at a press conference when asked if he would be involved in the League Cup tonight , but something I have constantly reminded those fans who suggest he should be given a chance. I repeat once again Spurs are not a charity, we have a separate section for that.

Players must prove themselves worthy of a place on the training ground and in the case of Edwards on the pitch at Under-23 level. His defensive contribution from the right wing seemed non-existent, it certainly wasn't Lamelaesque.

He came to life on a couple of occasions when we were 2-1 down, cutting in, fashioning a shooting chance for himself but blasting over the bar. He showed a flash of frustration at himself then and it begged the question, is he a team player?

As a coach I'd be wanting a lot more from him, but to be honest there was very little passion in the whole side, it was like this was a training exercise, it was a million miles from senior football with hardly a tackle made.

Bennetts scored a lovely goal, but again, he looks as though he wants to do everything himself and Sterling's goal should have been saved by the keeper. I though it was a poor performance, the central defenders couldn't deal with crosses and we were weak in central midfield, far too many lazy passes, but that seems to be a Tottenham trait, lazy passing.


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Edwards a million miles from first-team standard Edwards a million miles from first-team standard Reviewed by THBlogNews on 7:48 am Rating: 5

Our 18yo U-23's crushed

10:30 am

It was a bad night for our young Under-23 side who crashed to a 2-6 defeat at home to Liverpool. 17-year-old Marcus Edwards scored again to take his tally to three in 5 games for the side and Ryan Loft bagged the other when we were 6-1 down.

Something went disastrously wrong as we were 3-0 down after 8 minutes and effectively out of the game. We lost the rest of the game 3-2.

You can read a comprehensive report of the match on the official website.

Spurs XI 
Tom Glover (18 - 19 in December)
Kyle Walker-Peters (19 - 20 next April)
Joe Muscatt (18 - 19 in December)
Charlie Owens (18 - 19 in December) (Sub - Eyoma 46)
Christian Maghoma (18 - 19 in November)
Anton Walkes (c) (19 - 20 next February)
Shilow Tracey (18 - 19 next April) (Sub - Hinds 84)
Zenon Stylianides (18 - 19 next January)
Ryan Loft (19 - 20 next September)
Marcus Edwards (17 - 18 in December)
Joe Pritchard (20 - 21 next September) (Sub - Oakley-Boothe 46)

Substitutes (not used): Tom McDermott (GK) (18 - 19 next January)

Liverpool: Grabara, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire (Garcia 87), Ilori, Whelan, Stewart, Wilson (c), Virtue (Phillips 59), Gomes (Lennon 72), Brannagan, Woodburn. Substitutes (not used): Brewitt, Firth (GK).

Goals: Spurs - Edwards 57, Loft 90+6 (pen); Liverpool - Wilson 3, Woodburn 6, Brannagan 8, 79, Alexander-Arnold 33, Lennon 84.

Yellow cards: Spurs - Maghoma 45+4, Oakley-Boothe 47, Loft 70; Liverpool - Wilson 17, Alexander-Arnold 40, Brannagan 88, Ilori 90+3.

Referee: Carl Brook.

Attendance: 1,016.

Our 18yo U-23's crushed Our 18yo U-23's crushed Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:30 am Rating: 5

Watch Marcus Edwards take on Liverpool tonight

5:35 pm

Tottenham Hotspur U23 vs Liverpool U23

The English premier League 2 fixture between Tottenham Hotspur Under-21's and Liverpool Under-23's takes place at 7pm this evening and there are streams available on the Internet for anyone who wants to watch the game.

Tottenham start marginal favourites at the bookies with both sides having won two and lost two in the league. Young starlet Marcus Edwards has been playing in the tournament and you can catch his exploits while there is no Monday Night Football online.

A Google search and I'm sure you'll find something.

Last matches: TOTTENHAM U23
09.09.16PL2Chelsea U23Tottenham U233 : 1
26.08.16PL2Derby U23Tottenham U231 : 2
22.08.16PL2Reading U23Tottenham U231 : 4
15.08.16PL2Tottenham U23Everton U230 : 2
Last matches: LIVERPOOL U23
11.09.16PL2Liverpool U23Leicester U234 : 0
26.08.16PL2Arsenal U23Liverpool U231 : 3
22.08.16PL2Chelsea U23Liverpool U234 : 1
14.08.16PL2Liverpool U23Southampton U231 : 4

Premier League 2 table
1Manchester City U23531111:810
2Sunderland U23531110:710
3Everton U2343018:29
4Southampton U2343019:59
5Chelsea U2342209:48
6Liverpool U2342029:96
7Tottenham U2342027:76
8Reading U2342027:96
9Manchester United U2341213:45
10Arsenal U2341034:73
11Derby U2340044:100
12Leicester U2340043:120

Spots 11 and 12 are the relegation spots. Four players have scored 4 goals and then 19-year-old (20 next May) Shayon Harrison has 3 goals for us as our top scorer, 17-year-old (18 in December) Marcus Edwards has 2 goals.

Watch Marcus Edwards take on Liverpool tonight Watch Marcus Edwards take on Liverpool tonight Reviewed by THBlogNews on 5:35 pm Rating: 5
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