Tottenham Hotspur are set to sanction the departure of promising academy gem Dilan Markanday this week…
That’s according to Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas, who delivered an update on the situation to fans on Twitter this week.
“#Blackburn are close to agreeing [on] a deal to sign #Tottenham winger Dilan Markanday,” he said. “The context around this is that #Tottenham have wanted Markanday to sign a new contract and go out on loan, but he wants a permanent part of a senior first team and he’s good enough. A string of Championship clubs offering him the chance, including #Blackburn.”
Indeed, this certainly appears to be the case as fellow reporter Michael Bridge delivered his verdict to GIVEMESPORT.
“No confirmation yet, but I understand that Markanday’s contract runs out at the end of the season, so you’d assume it was a permanent deal.”
Spurs now seem set to lose out on one of their most exciting young talents, one that is a boyhood supporter of the club.
Markanday has been in electric form for the U23s this season, scoring 12 goals in only 14 appearances in the Premier League 2 and he has done so playing in a variety of attacking positions – largely, upfront and on the left flank.
A winger by trade, the 20-year-old seems a nice fit for Antonio Conte’s system as he can provide valuable backup to the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
However, he just hasn’t been trusted to feature under the Italian, whereas players like Dane Scarlett have. Baffling.
The Barnet-born starlet envisaged spending his whole career at the club, as he revealed to the Independent back in November.
“The dream is to play for Tottenham for the next 15 years, playing every game, but obviously I know things might not work out and there are going to be ups and downs. But all I can control is the controllables and things will work out for the best,” he claimed.
Dubbed a “big talent” by broadcaster and Spurs fan Greg Jenner, it seems inexcusable to let a player with Markanday’s talent and attitude leave the club this month, instead of tying him down and plotting out plans for him to become a first-team star.
Just as Jenner is angry, much of the Lilywhites faithful are too – many were left dubbing the youth system a “joke.”
It wouldn’t be the first time that the club has lost a promising talent, either. You only have to look at what Noni Madueke has done in Holland to see why this is a major mistake.
No wonder many are fuming with this news.