The aftermath of the Marcus Edwards fiasco includes the suggestion from Norwich City that the boy failed to turn up on time to any training sessions and all his meetings. Matt Law in the Telegraph pulls few punches.
There are rumours coming out of Spurs that his Marcus’ father is also an interesting character.
Gladys understands that Edwards Snr. and Jnr. now have some unexpected quality time to spend together as Spurs have given the 19 year old a week’s gardening leave while the club repairs it’s relationship with City and decides what the next steps are for the World’s Greatest Player (in young Marcus’ head).
It’s understood that the ‘authority and behavioural problems’ that Pochetttino referenced in his £6 book were barely the half of it, and the party line from THFC about Edwards being introverted in demeanour was either spin or very wishful thinking.
Glad has been told that the senior players at Norwich couldn’t make head nor tail of this teenager on loan, who acted as if he was doing everyone a favour when he eventually showed up at Carrow Road. No apologies, no explanations, ‘he was just a bit sullen’.
As I asked yesterday, how did Edwards survive the vetting process at Tottenham? It’s all well and good having the skills, but nobody in the 21st century is going to ask you ‘nicely’ to join in and show it off.
When you reach the dizzy heights of say Harry Kane or Gareth Bale at Spurs, some latitude develops, of course. However at 19 one would expect a fair amount of ‘yes boss, no boss’ – and not from the coaches!
It’s clear that the Academy isn’t anywhere near fit for purpose. Does it make money by churning out Hull City fodder? Given the wages, retainers and agency fees these players are absorbing, it’s difficult top believe that all the aggravation is worth whatever the fiscal yield is.
Chelsea do it properly and make real money, which in turn aids their compliancy with the FFP. If we’re only making enough to fund second and third raters from the French leagues than Spurs really ought to jack it in and come up with a better a plan.