Tottenham Hotspur acting on their reported interest in former player Marcus Edwards should not be ruled out – though it remains an unlikely move.
This is what reliable Spurs reporter Alasdair Gold has had to say on a potential return to north London for the 23-year-old when speaking on his latest YouTube video.
It is believed Edwards has a release clause with current club Sporting said to be worth around £52m, with Spurs holding a 50% sell-on clause.
Spurs have witnessed first-hand just what Edwards is capable of in their two recent meetings in the Champions League, but Gold is not expecting to see the Englishman back at the club any time soon.
He said: “At this point in time, I’d be surprised [if Edwards returned]. The only reason I’d say it would make some sense is homegrown numbers, but also the fact that he would be cheaper because Spurs still have a sell-on clause with him, which was transferred across when he moved from Vitoria [Guimaraes].
“So he would be much cheaper than his value would normally be. I just don’t entirely know at this point in time whether he’s a Conte player.
“I wouldn’t rule it out, because of the reasons I’ve said, but it kind of feels slightly more unlikely to me than some of the other potentials out there.”
TIF Thoughts on Gold’s comments…
We have to agree with Gold in the sense that Edwards does not suit the typical style of player that may necessarily fit into an Antonio Conte side due to his formation choice.
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However, Edwards, who has been hailed as ‘unbelievable’, is certainly showing he could be capable of excelling in the Premier League having already scored seven goals and provided six assists this season (via Transfermarkt).
And at just £26m – as a result of the sell-on clause – this does feel like a bit of a snip for a player who was so highly regarded by one of Tottenham’s previous managers, Mauricio Pochettino:
Back in 2016, Pochettino said: “The qualities – it’s only looks, his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi.”