Norwich manager Daniel Farke has told Tottenham loanee Marcus Edwards that he must “grow up” if he is to get a chance with the Championship club.
The highly rated playmaker, who Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino once compared to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, moved to East Anglia earlier this month on loan deal.
However the 19-year old is yet to make his debut or the Canaries, having had an issues with a back injury since making the switch.
Farke unsurprisingly praised Edwards’ technical ability, but highlighted that his attitude is his downfall. Farke said;
There is no pressure on this signing. If it works, we can have some fun with him. If not, it is more a problem for Marcus.
There is no doubt 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. They have a good squad but he is still one of the best there with the ball. He has to be more grown up in his attitude.
We got the feeling we could take him because there is no financial risk with a loan. We have really good conditions and we can only win.
Farke feels that he potentially has one of the league’s best talents at his disposal, if he can begin to apply himself in the right way.
However if he cannot do so, Farke has no qualms over sending him back to North London without having gotten any game time under his belt. He continued;
If he is able to grow up pretty soon we have one of the best players in the Championship. 100 per cent.
His potential is so highly rated, one of the best in Europe. If he needs a bit longer then no problem. It is more a problem for him.
Then he would return to Tottenham without any time on the pitch. We will give him all our support and this week he was pretty disciplined and concentrated but it is a little bit early to bring him into the squad.
He needs to learn a little bit more and he is more grown up in his attitude on the pitch and in his behaviour. It is up to him. We give him all the support and trust and then he must go through the door. We can’t carry him.