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Newcastle Interested In Spurs’ Mini-Messi – But Does He Have The Discipline?

Rafa wants to improve the playing standards at all levels at Newcastle, and that means bringing in some good young players during the summer who can play initially for the U23 side.

That’s especially true this summer with Rafa having allowed 18 players in the U23 squad to leave the club.

One player Newcastle have been watching according to the Chronicle is Tottenham’s 19-year-old attacking midfielder Marcus Edwards who Mauricio Pochettino has already described as a mini-Messi.

Edwards has played for all the England Youth sides from U16 through U20, and he is a skillful and creative player who usually plays on the right wing.

Marcus has played 48 times for England Youth sides and scored 15 goals.

19-year-old Marcus Edwards – a mini-Messi

However, in January he went on loan to Norwich City, but after playing only 6 minutes for the club. the loan move was cut short and he returned to Tottenham.

The Telegraph reported that he was late for most of the training sessions and also late for team meetings – and that doesn’t go down well at any club – and they questioned his attitude and mentality.

Discipline is needed in football and Newcastle had the case of  Nile Ranger who was also shoddy with his time-keeping.

The result was that Ranger’s lack of discipline, commitment and effort have cost him what could have been an excellent career in football.

If Marcus Edwards has those same tendencies, then that could also prove challenging and difficult to overcome.

Edwards wants to get first-team football next season and is willing to go out on loan, but Rafa Benitez wouldn’t take him if he doesn’t turn up on time for training sessions.

However, if Rafa thinks he can motivate the player and bring the best out of him, then Edwards could be a surprise signing for us this summer – on loan.

Marcus would seem to be a  young player we could sign on loan with an option to buy next year.

There could be flaws in the character of the 19-year-old and you cannot be successful in any job if you don’t have the necessary discipline and fortitude to overcome problems that will always come up.

If Rafa does sign him on loan for Newcastle, he will want to have an option to buy in the loan contract.

That’s in case he makes Marcus into a (very) good player at Newcastle, much like he did with Kenedy, but his price then went up.

Marcus certainly has the creativity and skill we need in the Newcastle team, but he may prove too much of a risk for Mr. Benitez.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • jayphoto

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Press haven’t had a clue with newcastle transfers since Ashley bought the club, they are very inhouse and discreet.. Saw us linked to 40m Jack Butland couple days back…whoever wrote that has no prior knowledge to Mike Ashleys newcastle united…
    One thing thats not been in doubt, is under Rafa, the players coming in are his choice (might not be 1st choice like) so my guess is IF we spend any serious money it’ll be someone from where Rafas contacts run strong, ie Spain,holland, Argentina or brazil.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #2

    It would appear that despite what some of the know-it-alls
    on here said at the time about Dele Alli and the club being
    at fault for not securing him.
    It was the relationship between David Pleat and MK Don’s
    Pete Winkelman that clinched it for Spurs

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #3


    Little Gestapo grammar point re the possessive form:

    Wrong: “mans’ reputation at stake here”

    Right: “man’s reputation at stake here”

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow – amazing that Beardsley is getting his solicitors involved – amazing – spectacular.

    Err Jib – presumably that is because he is paying them to do just that. Duh.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5

    The 9th June saw the opening of the FIFA transfer window, so any cross-border signings could not be ratified until that point. Some clubs have announced international transfers, but until the paperwork is done, there is an element of risk.

    Quite feasibly and without having to stretch imagination too much, this could have been a significant factor in the slow start to the EPL transfer window and to that of NUFC.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Milan’s Gattusso and his Boss
    are going to Russia to observe then
    buy a striker – on their list is Mitro

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #7

    ron you are never gestapo
    your grammar knowledge
    puts me to shame

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Ron Knee

    You’re on thin ice questioning Jiblets’ command of the English language and it’s grammatical rules. You’ve clearly overlooked his claimed skills set, which includes, among his many areas of expertise, linguistics. Having been awarded a double doctorate in Bullchit, he’s claimed more degrees than a compass!

  • jayphoto

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    On Delle Alli, saw an interview after he left MK Dons that he didn’t want to relocate as he felt that the support network he had around him would best help him succeed in a big move to a big club at a young age and therefor Spurs in North London was a perfect fit. That in mind, we probably only ever had a tiny chance of signing him.
    Sometimes think some fans forget more than money and trophies comes into a players decision to move clubs. Especially when the player is under 21.
    Also..lets be honest, if we’d signed delle alli 3 years ago, chances are he’d be currently being released this summer after a couple league cup appearances and a complaint against Peter Beardsley…Our record of developing youth is horrendous under Ashley

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Mister Tuff

    Give Jib a break….. Oh dear, I shouldn’t have mentioned ‘break’ in the context of the master of Zs

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #11


    Good, bad or indifferent, Mikey boy won’t be keen see Beardsley leave the club – Beardsley’s spoken highly of Ashley and he, Ashley, won’t be keen to lose his eyes and ears among Rafa’s coaching staff.

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Another NIL RANGER more interested in his street image that his football image. Surely we will have better coming through the ranks

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Would’ve been interesting to see how Deli Alli’s career developed under our coaches as compared to at Spurs.
    Wasn’t Pardew here at the time he transferred? Could’ve been a disaster when you see what he did to HBA!

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #14

    To call Dele another Nile Ranger is a bit unfair! Now he is a wrong ‘un !

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 11, 2018 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Comment # 14
    Dele ? The above is about Marcus Edwards. Where do you get Dele from ? Apparently this lad has a problem with Discipline as did or does NIL RANGER !
    Sorry if I’ve confused anyone.


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