Marcus Edwards Biography
Marcus Edwards is a Greek-born English professional footballer who currently plays for Sporting CP in the Primeira Liga. He was born in England on December 3, 1998, and he plays either as an attacking midfielder or as a winger for the club.
At the age of eight, Edwards became a member of the Tottenham Hotspur academy and worked his way up through the ranks of the organization. After a drawn-out negotiating process and competition from a number of other teams, on August 2, 2016, he finally put pen to paper on his first professional deal and did so with Tottenham.
In the summer of 2016, Edwards became a member of the first team for Tottenham while they were on their pre-season tour. During those pre-season matches, Edwards turned in some great performances. In preparation for the 2016–17 campaign, he was assigned the number 48 on the team’s roster. On September 20, 2016, Mauricio Pochettino compared Edwards to a younger version of Lionel Messi, citing the similarities between the two players’ low centers of gravity and ability to beat a man. The following day, Edwards made his debut for Tottenham in a competitive match in the EFL Cup against Gillingham. He came on as a substitute for the final 15 minutes of the match and forced the goalkeeper for Gillingham, Stuart Nelson, to make a save. However, in October of 2016, he suffered an injury to his ankle that required surgery. As a result, he was forced to miss a significant amount of time in order to heal from the injury.
Edwards renewed his membership with Tottenham on July 29, 2017, by signing a new contract that will keep him there until 2020. On September 13, 2017, Edwards scored twice for his team as they defeated Borussia Dortmund 4–0 to advance in the UEFA Youth League. Throughout the remainder of the group stage, he played a total of five times and added two more goals to his tally.
Edwards made the move to Norwich City on loan in January 2018, where he will spend the balance of the 2017–18 Championship season playing for the club. On March 30, 2018, he made his debut with Norwich City in a game against Fulham, which they lost by a score of 2-0. He entered the game as a late substitution, taking the place of Mario Vrani. As it turned out, Edwards would not make another appearance for the club after this one because on April 10 he went back to Tottenham for “personal reasons.”
In August of 2018, he made the move to Dutch club Excelsior on loan for the duration of the season. He had two goals and four assists in 25 games for the club, and even though he scored a goal in the relegation play-offs, Excelsior was still demoted. He played a significant role in Excelsior’s demotion. Edwards finished the Eredivisie season with 3.3 dribbles per game, which was good enough to put him in first place, one spot ahead of PSV’s Steven Bergwijn (3.2).
Vitória de Guimarães
Edwards was signed by Vitória S.C., a club that plays in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, on September 2, 2019, for a contract that is good for four years. The club will only earn half of any transfer fees that occur in the future. On October 24th, during the group stage of the UEFA Europa League, he scored his first goal, which opened a loss to his previous club’s rivals, Arsenal, by a score of 3–2.
On the 7th of January 2021, Edwards was able to get the release clause in his contract increased to 50 million euros and extended it until 2024.
Edwards was reportedly transferred to Sporting Clube de Portugal in January 2022 for a sum of €7.67 million, with the possibility of a further €500,000 being paid out if specific goals are accomplished. In his first game for Sporting, an away match in the Primeira Liga against B SAD, the team earned a 4–1 victory. Edwards scored his first goal for the club in the league on 19 March 2022 against his old employers Vitória de Guimares. The goal came in the 90+8th minute of the match. On September 7, 2022, he notched his first goal in the Champions League and contributed an assist in a road victory over Eintracht Frankfurt that resulted in a score of 3–0.
By virtue of his mother’s citizenship, Edwards is qualified to compete for both England and Cyprus.
Edwards made his debut for England U16 in November 2013, when England fell to Northern Ireland U16 by a score of 1-0. He played all 80 minutes of the match. Following that, he played a total of six times for the U16 team, during which time he scored once.
Edwards scored three goals for England’s under-17 team in 2014, including a pair of goals in his first game for the team, which England won 5–1 against Iceland’s under-17 team. Edwards has been chosen to participate in the UEFA European Under-17 Championship on behalf of England at the under-17 level in 2015. After that, he went on to make a total of five appearances in the tournament, during which he scored two goals, one each against the Republic of Ireland U17 and Italy U17. After that, he was selected to play for the team that would compete in the event. Additionally, Edwards was a participant in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2015.
Edwards was called up to the England U18 squad in September of 2015 and made his debut for the team in a victory over Netherlands U18 where he assisted on one of the team’s goals. The match ended with England U18 taking the win 2–0. In March of 2016, he went on to score a brace on two separate occasions, once against Austria U18 and once against the Republic of Ireland U18. Edwards went on to play for England U18, where he made a total of five appearances and scored four times.
Edwards was given a spot on the England under-19 team in October 2016, and he made his debut in a victory against Croatia U19 by the score of 3–1. He then scored in the subsequent match, which England won by the score of 2–1 over Bulgaria U19. Edwards was selected to be a part of the England under-19 team that will compete at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2017. During the semifinal, Edwards came off the bench to set up Lukas Nmecha for the lone goal that his team would score against the Czech Republic. Edwards’ assist was the game’s only point of differentiation. In the championship game against Portugal, Edwards came on as a replacement in the second half and helped the team win.
After the conclusion of the competition, Edwards was called up to the England U20 squad in August of 2017, and he scored on his U20 debut, which was a victory over Netherlands U20 by a score of 3–0.
Through his mother’s side of the family, Edwards has Greek Cypriot ancestry.