Tottenham have confirmed Marcus Edwards has left the club to join Portuguese side Vitoria.

Once compared to Lionel Messi by Mauricio Pochettino, Edwards has not been able to find a path to the Tottenham first team despite impressing for the youth sides. He spent last season on loan in the Netherlands with Excelsior.

The 20-year-old did well in Holland and was linked with a move to Brentford before the English transfer window closed. Since then, Italian club Udinese have been credited with an interest, but it has now been confirmed Edwards is heading to Portugal.

He scored two goals in 25 appearances for Excelsior, doing enough to earn a move to Vitoria, who play in the Portuguese top-flight. Edwards had just one year left on his contract, so it’s unlikely Spurs received a big fee for him.

Having represented England at almost every youth level, Edwards will now be hoping to impress enough at Vitoria to earn a place in future England Under-21 squads, something that would confirm his career is back on track.

The youngster has been accused of having a bad attitude in the past, but a permanent transfer could do him the world of good.

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