By Liam Thomas

15th Sep, 2022 | 4:10pm

View: Marcus Edwards' Champions League performance will make Tottenham rue their transfer blunder

Marcus Edwards was at the forefront of everything Sporting CP did well on Tuesday evening against his former employers Tottenham almost scoring a Lionel Messi-esque wonder goal.

Edwards has spent almost all his footballing life at Spurs; from eight to 20 and seems to be lavishing in life at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.

A product of the Spurs youth academy, the 23-year-old was compared to Messi by former boss Mauricio Pochettino; a shiny compliment from the Argentine tactician.

Speaking to BT Sport, the youngster spoke about his scintillating performance and how he wants to make a Premier League return “one day”.

“It feels great and I think we deserved it,” he said. “We showed how we can play.

“I wouldn’t say extra special, but it was a special feeling to play against Spurs. It was good to see people I know – players and coaching staff. I stayed the same. Focus was the same. It’s a proper family environment here and I couldn’t be happier.

“It’s home, so of course, I want to come back there [to the Premier League] one day. I just focus on what I’m doing here for now.

Spurs red-faced

After watching how easily Edwards dispatched of Spurs in Tuesday’s game, it’s hard to believe they let such a talented player leave their books, especially as he was there throughout his youth.

Maybe it was the mental aspects of the game that alluded Edwards when he was younger and this may have played a pivotal factor in his departure from London.

However, the Portuguese Primeira Liga is a tough league to settle in, and the fact Edwards is flourishing there bodes well for a Premier League return.

You would think with Liverpool’s current midfield problems and their recent knack for securing Primeira Liga talents, the 23-year-old could slot into life at Anfield very well.

Any Premier League side looking to sign Edwards would also benefit from the fact he’s a homegrown player; this could prove to be crucial for any big team looking to acquire his signature.

Edwards will likely get another season in Portugal under his belt before considering a switch to England; he will be hot property this summer.