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“Hope it inspires”- Indian-descent Academy starlet ecstatic about making senior Tottenham debut despite harrowing loss vs Vitesse

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Dilan Markanday in action against Manchester United U-23 in Premier League 2. (GETTY Images)

Academy star Dilan Markanday gives thoughts on his senior debut for Tottenham Hotspur

Speaking after the game against Vitesse (h/t Tottenham Hotspur), Dilan Markanday spoke about getting his senior debut for Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa Conference League. He came on in the second half in their 1-0 defeat to the Dutch side.

Markanday is a Barnet-born academy product who plays for the U-23 side as an attacking midfielder. He has also played as a false nine for the side this season and has been great for them.

Having made his debut, he became the first British-Asian as well as the first player of Indian descent to play for the senior team in a competitive game. The 20-year-old has scored 6 goals and provided 2 assists for the youth team in seven league games this season.

Dilan Markanday of Tottenham Hotspur talks about his senior debut in the Europa Conference League
Dilan Markanday of Tottenham Hotspur U-23 in action. (GETTY Images)

“It means a lot to be honest – to be the first is a great feeling, but more so I hope it inspires all young Asian footballers to go and chase their dreams because anything is possible if you put your mind to it and work for it.”

Earlier, the academy prospect had shown his potential in the pre-season when he scored five goals. He further scored two hat-tricks and was nominated twice for Premier League 2 Player of the Month.

“For me, it was an unbelievable feeling to make my debut for this great club, a moment I’ve been working towards and dreaming about since I was a young boy. For it to come true was a special feeling, one that me and my family are very proud of.”

Dilan Kumar Markanday spoke about his senior debut after getting subbed on in the second half against Vitesse
Dilan Kumar Markanday was on the bench against Wolfsberger (GETTY Images)

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Spurs would be hoping that the talented prospect will be able to smoothly integrate into the first team. If he can carry on his performances to the senior side, he would be a fine addition to the team. This is especially the case looking at the struggles Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been facing in front of goal.

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