The tricky midfielder opened his Development Squad account with two cracking strikes in Monday’s 4-1 win at Reading, lashing in the first with his right foot from the edge of the box just beyond the half-hour mark before again scoring from distance with his left two minutes into the second period.
It was a positive display from the 17-year-old, one of a number of players in the side to have featured for the first team in pre-season, and while he was thrilled to have contributed two goals, he admitted it was the first one that he was most pleased with because it represented something of a pay-off for his work on the training ground.
“I’ve been working on my right foot,” said Marcus, who turned away from his marker following good work by Nathan Oduwa before finding the top corner with a well-placed drive for his opener. “I thought that they may know I’m left-footed so I just came back on my right and tried to score.
“I was aiming for that corner and I like shooting off either foot so if I see an opportunity I’ll try to take it. As I said, I’m happy with my right-footed one because I’ve been practicing with my right foot but overall I’m happy with both goals.”
Having scored seven league goals for the Under-18s last season, Marcus has started both of our Premier League 2 fixtures in 2016-17 to date and he felt there was a noticeable improvement on everyone’s part from last week’s 2-0 defeat to Everton.
“I thought we played very well against Reading, we were very stylish and I thought everyone played to the best of their ability,” he said.
“Last week we had a good first half but today we had a good 95 minutes, not just the first half.
“For me, I just want to get my head down and keep improving. I probably could and should have scored again but overall it was a good performance so everyone is happy.”
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