Date: 10th October 2018 at 10:18am
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The Academy at Tottenham Hotspur has only produced one big name. 

A player who has been discussed so intently, that the pages of debate outnumber the minutes that he’s played for Spurs.

The Camden born boy has apparently upped his hype game by having a tattoo in image to himself, applied to his arm.

I’m not a tattoo kinda guy, but if I were to be tempted into that world this probably wouldn’t be the type of artwork to swing it.

A generic panelled football rustling in a goal with a pair of dice, a star over one shoulder the sun over the other – all that’s missing are the keys to a Bentley between his teeth.

Presumably a bespoke work, this provides a chilling insight into the inner workings of Edwards’ mind.

Loaned to Norwich City in January 2018, he managed to nothing but draw quotes filled with frustration from the Canaries boss.

Superstar Marcus eventually made his Norwich debut in the April (as substitute) only to then be returned to Hotspur Way under a cloud with ‘personal reasons’ cited.

Edwards is currently on loan with Eredivisie club, S.B.V.

  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • N5-Thfc October 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Sent this to the club, thoughts…..

    To whom it may concern,

    I have recently read in the press releases that the new stadium capacity is 62,062

    As you well know 6+2 = 8

    88 is seen as an affiliate number to the Nazis, H being the 8th letter in the alphabet HH.

    Please see article below from 2000 regarding such an issue

    I thought, as I had thought of this, others would too, and what with the strong Jewish affiliation to the club, I thought it would be best to highlight the issue.

    Waiting for a reply…..

    • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Are you meaning 18, as in. Combat 18. A and H, Hitlers initials 1st and 8th letters of the alphabet?

      • Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack? October 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

        Read article, never heard that 88 reference before.

        • Harry Hotspur October 10, 2018 at 4:17 pm

          8 is lucky in Numerology and the Far East…

          • N5-THFC October 11, 2018 at 12:20 pm

            So is red

        • N5-THFC October 10, 2018 at 8:09 pm

          But you have now

        • Flynnbob October 11, 2018 at 8:04 am

          88 is indeed a reference to Heil Hitler . It’s been adopted by the new neo nazis but I don’t see how any of this connects to the stadium when the attendance spells out HBoHB. Maybe a reference to “Harry boy oh Harry boy”

          • N5-THFC October 11, 2018 at 12:16 pm

            But you know of the 88 reference! so it could also be seen as anti-Semitic, it could mean other things but it CAN mean HH

            • Harry Hotspur October 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm

              As fascinating as this may be to you, I’m failing to understand why you’re bothering me with it.

              I was unaware of the 88 reference, only the 18 reference.

              Feel free to make a specific point or it’s bye byes for you.

              • N5-THFC October 11, 2018 at 7:09 pm

                Harry, the specific point is,
                You provide the blog and
                I like reading your blog, what I said is Tottenham related, thats why I’m (bothering you,)and the fact you’ve only just learnt about it, doesn’t make a difference, the 88 is a thing it can’t be denied.
                I proved it with the attached article, or are you trumping it as fake news?

                If you want to block me fine, a tad oppressive IMO if you do, especially as I’ve taught you something for free, your welcome.


                • Harry Hotspur October 12, 2018 at 12:09 am

                  Dear me. Goodbye.

      • Harry Hotspur October 10, 2018 at 4:16 pm

        That was my thought.

  • Danny Boi October 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Am I the only one bothered that the dice rolled (6&3) add up to 9 yet his “squad” number is 10?? Have I missed something??

  • coys1882 October 10, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    We turned down the chance to sign Jadon Sancho, for around 4 million from City, at the time of the Kyle Walker trade. A player now plying his trade with Dortmund and being being touted as a future 100 million pound player, having just received his first call up to the full England squad

    Given the attitude problem that Sancho was alleged to have had at that time, refusing to play for or sign a new contract with City, did the prospect of Sancho perhaps turning out to be another Marcus Edwards factor into the equation when Poch made that decision?

    Either way it seems like we made a considerable error in judgement, but it would be interesting to know the rationale behind the decision not to sign him? Especially bearing in mind that Sancho was voted the most valuable player of the tournament, in England’s Under-17 World Cup winning campaign.

  • Mother edwards October 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hanging off my son’s celebrity to get clicks with this nothing article. Why not thank Marcus for paying your bills? x

    • Harry Hotspur October 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

      Your son is a celebrity is he?

      He comes across as a spoiled pillock.

      • Mother edwards October 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

        Being a pillock is no barrier to celebrity

    • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      If you really are his mum can you tell him that he needs to stop with the crap off the pitch. He needs to concentrate on his attitude to get in the team rather than get paid. He has talent related by many as being similar to some of the all time greats and yet cant get into a threadbare Spurs squad or a Norwich squad desperate for a winger.

      • Mother edwards October 10, 2018 at 1:05 pm

        What had you achieved in your teenage years dear?

        • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 1:15 pm

          Lovely comeback…I was a semi professional Rugby player, and at university…making the most of the very limited talent I had rather than pissing it up the wall. I would be mortified if my kids had the potential he had and they were more concerned with posing in front of a flash car than making the most of it…. without football where would he be? now consider the fact that very soon, he will be without football if he doesn’t buck up his attitude.

        • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 1:18 pm

          Oh – also working 3 jobs to try to make ends meet to pay for my degree…didn’t get a single penny given to me as my parents couldn’t afford it. Between Uni, Rugby, and my 3 jobs I slept and did little else. I have a work ethic you see.

          • Mother edwards October 10, 2018 at 1:42 pm

            When did you give up fulfilling your potential to the max to take up spending your waking hours criticising others whose lives you know about only through journalism? Maybe there are elements to my boys life you are unaware of that would make his lowly achievements seem highly impressive in context?

            • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm

              Maybe there are. Maybe if that is the case he should keep clear of the limelight a little, get off social media and focus on what he is paid to do? maybe he should hand back the thousands paid to him out of the pockets of people like me while he works his shit out? Perhaps as I am a customer of his (a person that pays for goods or service…in his case for him to play football) I have every right to question him and his age or personal challengers should not be used an excuse. If I was paid his money to do my job they wouldn’t care if I were 19 or 90 or if I had a bad homelife…do the job or don’t, just don’t get paid for it if you are not going to do it. Perhaps at 19 its time to stop making excuses how hard it is to have a life earning the national average annual salary per week? There are people with far harder lives that survive on far less, turn up to work every day and do a job without making excuses. Perhaps the point of this article is the tattoo he “designed” implies his focus is elsewhere, and if you notice the dice are larger than the football – some amateur psychologist may suggest that is because his focus is on what ever they represent not on the football.

              • Mother edwards October 10, 2018 at 2:03 pm

                The roll of fate is greater than the role of any football. My Marcus is currently doing his best out on loan in a foreign land, still a child. Where did you study psychoanalysis?

                • Harry Hotspur October 10, 2018 at 3:46 pm

                  You’re his mother and I’m an umbrella.

  • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 12:50 pm
  • Limerick AL. October 10, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Edwards is on the right track with his body art and make no mistake. If only he could do magic twisting his fingers he’d be a household name , or on Britain’s Got Talent. Good Post Mr Jaguar 👍🏾

    • Limerick AL. October 10, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Sorry Mr Jaggar.

  • Rhys Jaggar October 10, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Academies are strange things. The strange thing about them is that they are more ‘productive’ usually at less good clubs.

    Why? The best careers see regular first team football as a teenager and top clubs have a huge bar to get 17/18 year olds to start regularly. Barcelona rejects included Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique, who had to make do with Arsenal and Man Utd before returning in their mid 20s.

    During Arsene Wenger’s 22 year reign, only Ashley Cole and Jack Wilshere made it through. Hoyte was given a chance but failed. Most others played a few League Cup games or never graced the field. They mostly ended up in lower league football.

    The ‘admired set ups’ usually emerge due to clubs with no cash. Southampton in League One blooded Bale, Walcott, AOC and others because they had no cash to buy anyone. And Levy to squeeze their balls about sell on clauses. Everton were always skint and selling blooded players: Rooney and Barkley for big money among them. Everton actually used the Rooney money to finish 4th the next year. Utd did it with Fergie so they could upgrade the stadium, they are now becoming a Hollywood Club.

    There is a lot of shit talked about players being spoiled by starting at lower levels. What is spoilt by never playing first team football is the competitive fire, doused by the thought of the sack if you repeatedly kicked the managers door down in frustration at never getting picked. Harry Kane did umpteen loans at pseudo shitty clubs before finally breaking through. He was playing football matches….

    It is the height of delusion to believe an academy will produce two players a season ready for champions league at eighteen. They might if they signed ten of the worlds best sixteen year olds every year, which nowadays means many, many mill a pop for unproven talent. Unlikely to do it from local north London boys.

    If you want lots of academy boys playing, sell the current squad to wipe out all the stadium debt, put eight academy boys into the first team squad and find just enough quality to remain in EPL for two years whilst they mature. Cut the stadium ticket prices in half, emulate Dortmund and aim to win EPL around the middle of the next decade.

    Or do you prefer Hollywood?

    • cavey October 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Great comments and observations.

    • Harry Hotspur October 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

      Excellent analysis.

    • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Couldn’t agree more! You only have to look at Chelsea and City to see what academies really, they are pools of future money they have little to no intent on any of them making the first team, despite deserving it (see Loftus Cheek or Sancho). they are purely there to be loaned out, grown and then sold for a small or substantial mark up. If players wanted to play, they would go to lower league clubs and work up, but Edwards has probably earnt more not playing until he is 21 than he would have done playing at a team like Colchester.

      • Accy October 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        As Chelsea say… they only need one or two of them to make it (to a £10m fee) to pay for the entire academy.

        • Only Me. October 10, 2018 at 12:17 pm

          Yeah – that’s what I mean, their academy is not for new players, but to raise cash to buy stars.

    • Colin morris October 10, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      Marvellously sensible. Yet visionary.
      All clubs and wannabee players like Edwards can gain wisdom from your post Mr Jaggar!

  • Harry Hotspur October 10, 2018 at 11:01 am


    Not to mention the captain’s armband. Hyperbolic is the new humble.

    Dear Lord. You’re right.

  • Only me. October 10, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Is it him?? whats the reference to the dice…or the star? why block his face with the sun?? I have felt he is a walking example of why young players (in many sports) should not get their money direct, but have it on hold until they hit 21. Apprentice footballers should be cleaning boots of the first team and learning the ropes and humility…not tattooing crap like that on themselves…has he ever played 10 or scored a pro goal for that matter?

  • Accy October 10, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I designed a tattoo 20 years ago pertaining to the type of music I was into at the time. I was in a band. I didn’t go through with it.

    10 years later, I’d grown out of that music, was no longer in a band and had sold my guitars.

    Well thank fuck for that.

    Poor Edwards.

  • Archibald October 10, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Not to mention the captain’s armband. Hyperbolic is the new humble.

    • Only me. October 10, 2018 at 11:04 am

      looks like armband didn’t make the final tattoo though. I hope someone talked him out of it.

  • Ronan October 10, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Yep, a highly disordered mind. As far as i’m aware, not even CR7, Maradona or Trump have tattoos of themselves.