England Under-21s coach Aidy Boothroyd was in attendance to watch Edwards put in another fine display, as Stoke managed to scrape a 1-0 victory over Bristol.
💬 “In terms of @tom__edwardss' performance, he was excellent and he deserves to stay in the side for that.”— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) October 29, 2018
The boss reacts to the young defender's outstanding performance against @BristolCity.#SCFC 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/XsMiVqxGpK
“Sometimes you have to do something different tactically,” said Rowett, as quoted at his post-match press conference. “For example, Cuco gives us an extra marker at set pieces, which Tom doesn’t give, and if you are playing against a very big side, then occasionally that will give you problems.
“But, in terms of performance, he deserves to stay in the side after that.”
Asked if that was the teenager’s best performance since he became manager, Rowett added: “That was certainly the best performance I’ve seen him produce.
“He’s a real talent going forward and is very comfortable with his little link-up play but I thought he defended fantastically well too.