A decision on the future of Marcus Edwards at Tottenham Hotspur will be made this summer when he returns from his loan with Excelsior Rotterdam.
Frustrated by his lack of opportunities at Spurs last season and a failed loan game in Norwich City, which was demolished by the Canary Islands, the 20-year-old attacking midfielder was looking for a move and both parties decided to switch to the Eredivisie to help him develop.
football.london understands that the deal has no option for Excelsior to make the switch permanent.
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted earlier this year that he made a mistake putting pressure on Edwards with his Lionel Messi comparison a few years ago after his debut in the League Cup and that it had not helped his development.
"I made a mistake that you know very well a few years ago and I am not happy with that situation," he said.
"I think I am a person trying to learn from my mistakes in trying to highlight a number of names and, instead of helping, we might put too much pressure on them."
John McDermott, head of Pochettino and academy, wants Edwards to develop on loan and to grow up. After finding himself an unused substitute for Rotterdam in November and December, Edwards really went one step further in 2019 and became a regular starter in the team.
He now made 18 starts and two replacement appearances in the Eredivisie for the Dutch team this season, scored twice and imposed three assists.
His Excelsior teammate Jeffrey Fortes praised the young Spurs midfielder in February and said: "He is of a bizarre level, what he can do is really not normal, I have not experienced a better player in my career and Mauricio Pochettino does not make that comparison with Messi for nothing.
"He referred to his way of moving and there is really something in him."
It seems that he has clicked in Edwards in Rotterdam since the New Year and that he receives a lot of praise in his first season as a regular professional.
In the coming weeks, however, they will need even more of the talented youngsters, with the team sliding down the table towards the drop zone in the last few weeks after a bad shape and they are currently in second place at the bottom.
The role of Edwards in scrap the Rotterdam side against relegation will be a great advantage if he shows his character as a young player and determines what the next step in his career will be.
Pochettino will watch him this summer when he returns from the Netherlands and both parties will make a decision about his future.
Edwards will only have a year to spend on his deal and the player may still feel that he is not breaking through fast at Spurs and that the club decides to take their last chance to cash him out.
The young midfielder has an enormous natural ability, but Pochettino and Edwards must be convinced that he can realize his potential in a Tottenham shirt.
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