Marcus Edwards has hit the headlines todays, as the mainstream media have finally caught up with the fact that the youngster has signed a two-year professional contract.
This all adds to the hype that is building around the youngster, who is rumoured to have been offered some guaranteed playing time, in order to persuade him to put pen to paper.
It will be interesting to see if that playing time amounts to the odd domestic cup tie, or whether Edwards will get the opportunity to show off his skills in the Premier League, or even the Champions League.
If the latter seems unlikely, it’s worth comparing Edwards with a similar prodigious talent. Raheem Sterling was just 17 days and 107 days old when he made his Premier League debut for Liverpool against Wigan, towards the end of the 2011-12 season. The 2012-13 campaign saw Sterling make his real breakthrough, as he featured in 36 games in all competitions.
At the time of writing, Edwards is already older than Sterling was at the time of his debut – 17 years and 247 days old. Considering that the two play in the same position and share the same sort of diminutive stature, it’s perhaps not ridiculous to think that Edwards could see regular first-team football this season, particularly from the bench.
If Edwards does indeed follow in Sterling’s tiny footsteps, let’s just hope that he’s taken notice of the way the England winger has seen his career stall since ditching the club where he made his breakthrough.