Edwards was a substitute for Spurs in the 5-0 EFL Cup win.

Marcus Edwards shows why he's been compared to Lionel Messi with dribble v Gillingham

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Mauricio Pochettino has compared one of Tottenham's most promising youth players to Barcelona forward and five-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

The Spurs boss has claimed that 17-year-old attacking midfielder Marcus Edwards reminds him of a young Messi and the coaches at the club certainly have high hopes for the prodigy.

Per The Guardian, Pochettino said, "His (Edwards') qualities... it's only looks - his body and the way that he plays - remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi."


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He continued, "He is a very good prospect and, potentially, he can be a top player but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough to be a top player, a great player, but now it's how he builds his future - that's very important. It's our responsibility to tell him."

So, having been likened by his manager to one of the greatest footballers of all-time, just what exactly is the teenager capable of? Take a look at the video below to see a clip of Edwards in action:

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Of course, it's way to early to start thinking that the youngster will go on to have a career like Messi's, however when you observe his playing style it's easy to Pochettino made the comparison with his compatriot.

Bright future

Like the Argentinian superstar, Edwards is predominantly left-footed, has a low centre of gravity and enjoys cutting in from the right-hand side and cause problems for defenders with his pace and trickery.

Tottenham Hotspur v Gillingham - EFL Cup Third Round

The teenage starlet signed a two-year professional contract at White Hart Lane during the summer, having been at the club since the age of eight and progressing through the academy. He also featured for Pochettino in pre-season, where the team were involved in the International Champions Cup.

With star striker Harry Kane injured and many senior players rested, Edwards was named on the bench for Wednesday's EFL Cup tie against Gillingham. He replaced Vincent Janssen in the 75th minute as the North London club cruised to a 5-0 home victory.

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