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He was once the name on everyone’s lips, the talented attacking midfielder rolling out of the Spurs academy with a growing reputation and ability to match.

Today, Marcus Edwards is on his way back to spurs, released from his loan for ‘personal reasons’ according to Sky Sports’ Assistant News Editor Lyall Thomas.

Edwards has represented England from U16 level through to U20 and joined Daniel Farke’s side on loan in the January transfer window.

He made just one appearance for the Canaries, a six-minute cameo in the 2-0 reverse against Fulham.

Farke didn’t go into further details about sending the 19-year old back, but speaking at the end of January he said: “There is no doubt that with the ball he is one of our best players, but without it he has to grow up a bit. That was the reason he didn’t play for Tottenham. He needs to be more grown up in his attitude on the pitch and in his behaviour. We cannot carry him.”

In his book ‘A Brave New World’, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said of the player: “He has authority and behavioural problems. There was a time when it would have been seen as impossible for him to play professionally, let alone make it in the Premier League. He has no shortage of talent, but there are gaps to be filled: he has to learn to score ugly, run more and be committed.”

Edwards made his one and only Spurs appearance in last season’s FA Cup, coming off the bench late on as Gillingham were beaten 5-0 at White Hart Lane. He was involved in controversy even before he’d kicked a ball, becoming embroiled in a contract dispute before he’d emerged from the U17s.

The Verdict

The noises coming out of the two camps don’t paint a picture of a player with a big future ahead of him, especially if he can’t address his issues. The move to Norwich was a chance to impress, to get his head down and show what he can do. Instead, he’s heading back down south with his tail between his legs holding four or five pieces of a shattered reputation.

What next for the young player? He’s allegedly supremely talented so for now, there will be no shortage of takers, but something will have to give if he’s going to fulfil that potential we hear so much about.

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