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Player dubbed ‘mini-Messi’ departs Tottenham but could haunt Arsenal this season

Marcus Edwards departed Tottenham Hotspur yesterday after he completed a permanent switch to Portuguese outfit Vitoria de Guimaraes (Official Website).

He leaves having enjoyed loan spells at Norwich and Excelsior Rotterdam with the winger now set to embark on a new challenge.

In a bizarre twist, however, Edwards could soon be making an instant return to North London.

Vitoria have been drawn in the same Europa League group as Arsenal and as a former Tottenham player, he will surely be desperate to be involved in that contest.

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Having come through the youth ranks at Spurs, Edwards has now put pen-to-paper on a deal until 2023 with his new club. There is also a £13.6 million buyout clause written into the deal, underlining the potential in the youngster (Vitoria Official Website).

Back in 2016, Edwards was dubbed ‘mini-Messi’ by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino (The Sun). The comments came after a 5-0 win over Gillingham in the League Cup, which proved to be Edwards’ debut for the club.

The 20-year-old will return to North London in October looking to get one over a club he has considered rivals for so long.

Although Edwards has never played against the Gunners before in a competitive fixture at first-team level, he did gain some valuable big-game experience last season.

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He came up against some of Holland’s top sides and didn’t look fazed by the situation at all. During his time in Rotterdam, he contributed to six goals during his 28 appearances.

It would be just the tonic for Spurs supporters if Edwards can get one over Arsenal in the Europa League and they will surely watch on with some intrigue when that fixture takes place.

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