Sporting star ‘could not be happier’ after tearing Tottenham apart in UCL; talks potential England call-up

Marcus Edwards of Sporting

Sporting Lisbon ace Marcus Edwards was delighted after putting in a Man of the Match display against former club Tottenham on Tuesday night.

The winger came through Tottenham’s academy but only managed one senior appearance for them. He had loan spells at Norwich City and Dutch club Excelsior before leaving for Portugal in September 2019.

Edwards made 96 appearances for his new side, Vitoria Guimaraes, registering 20 goals and 14 assists.

His impressive form saw Sporting come in for him in January. He joined the 19-time Primeira Liga champions in January. According to transfermarkt, the move was worth £6.75million.

And it looks like a great piece of business for Sporting. Edwards has had a hand in six goals during his first eight outings this campaign.

He caused Tottenham all sorts of problems as Sporting picked up a surprise 2-0 win in the Champions League group stage last night.

Edwards’ most impressive moment came just before the half-time break. He received the ball near the halfway line and proceeded to dribble past three Spurs players to set up a great opportunity.

He played a one-two with former Wolves loanee Francisco Trincao before going past another Spurs defender in the box. The Englishman then poked towards goal but Hugo Lloris somehow managed to keep it out.

Commentator Ian Darke referred to the run as ‘[Lionel] Messi-like’, and co-commentator Owen Hargreaves also heaped praise on the wide man.

Hargreaves lauds Marcus Edwards

“I was willing it to go in,” he told BT Sport. “That was the dribble of the season, simply outstanding, He has been the best player on the pitch this half and is doing all he can to prove his point.”

Peter Crouch, in the BT Sport studios, agreed with him by saying: “It was almost the goal of the season. He’s been compared with Messi by Pochettino – and now we can see why.”

After the match, Edwards said (via the Daily Mirror): “I could not be happier.

“We deserved that. We showed how we can play. I wouldn’t say it was extra special but it was a strange feeling playing against Spurs.

“I was there for so long but it was good to know the people, the coaching staff and some players.

“It doesn’t change. I prepare the same and focus like every other game.”

Hargreaves also spoke about Edwards potentially getting a senior England call-up. He played eight times for England U20s earlier in his career, notching two goals.

Star reacts to England talk

When asked about making Gareth Southgate’s squad, Edwards added: “I wouldn’t say it has crossed my mind. I just focus on what I am doing here so I don’t think about that. But of course (it would be nice).”

While Edwards doesn’t believe the win was ‘extra special’, he must have loved showing what he can do against Spurs.

He never really got a chance in north London, despite Pochettino rating him so highly. If his exciting form continues, then a Premier League club could take steps to bring him back to England over the next few years.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Jenas was among the pundits who tore into Spurs following their poor performance at Sporting.