Rangers and Celtic to battle for Tottenham Hotspur starlet Dilan Markanday amidst Championship interest
According to Evening Standard, Scottish rivals Celtic and Rangers are keen on getting the signature of Tottenham Hotspur winger Dilan Markanday amidst interest from several Championship clubs. He has been one of the brightest prospects in our academy and has reached new heights this year.
Markanday has been exceptional this season for the U-23s and has made a name for himself in the Premier League 2 division. He has made 16 appearances this season and has scored 11 goals while assisting six times across all competitions.
The 20-year-old made his first-team debut against Vitesse Arnhem in the UEFA Europa Conference League back in October. He is also the first British-Asian to ever play for the club in the first division and won the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for October, having scored four goals in four games for that month.
One big concern is how his contract would expire at the end of the season, which is not what we desire. Tottenham want to renew his deal and send him on loan at the end of the term. But, a permanent transfer is not ruled out and should that happen, we would be losing one of the brightest gems that have come through the academy in recent seasons.
Second division clubs like Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers are on their toes surrounding the situation. If he leaves for another club in England when his contract expires Spurs, would earn a compensatory fee named by a tribunal. This rule plays into effect since he is less than 24 years of age, and the club has nurtured him at the youth level.
Calls for concern?
It is good to see that the North London club believes in the youngster and wants him to be a success with us. We do not want to lose him to any other club permanently as he has shown that he is too good to be let go. While a loan deal is understandable, a permanent transfer or an option to buy should not get entertained.
Suppose if it happens, Daniel Levy would leave a large chunk of our fans displeased as he has already become one of the fan favourites when it comes to our youth team. After all, we have been a team to promote our youth prospects and offer them a fair route to first-team action.
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In such circumstances, it would be ill-advised to lose a player who screams of quality based on the promise he has shown so far. A loan move would be a wise move in such a circumstance because not only will it offer him much-needed playing time, it would also give our club a chance to assess his abilities at senior level.