Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has afforded the highest available praise on young Spurs attacker Marcus Edwards by stating his style is similar to Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is adjudged as one of the brightest prospects in the highly rated White Hart Lane youth academy.

Edwards could well get a chance to shine for the North London club’s first team in the EFL Cup clash with Gillingham tonight, with talk that Edwards will be on the bench for the game.

The teenager’s future with Tottenham was being thrown into doubt over contract talks hitting an impasse, but the starlet penned a two-year deal with the Premier League club over the course of the summer.

Edwards has a similar small frame to Messi and has stood out in the Spurs youth ranks with his ability to dribble past players.

Pochettino was full of praise for the teenager and said he was reminded of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner when he watched the Spurs youngster play.

“His qualities … it’s only looks – his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi,” The Guardian quote the Argentine as saying.

“He is a very good prospect and, potentially, he can be a top player but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player, but now it’s how he builds his future – that’s very important. It’s our responsibility to tell him.”

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