Tony Mowbray opens up on signing Tottenham Hotspur starlet Dilan Markanday
The youngster has shown incredible growth while featuring for Spurs in the Premier League 2 this season. The 20-year-old already bagged 12 goals and assisted seven more in 18 matches across all competitions for the club’s reserves. Markanday was an unused substitute during a Premier League game against Crystal Palace during the reign of Nuno Espírito Santo.
Even though Dilan has given enough reasons to be handed a new contract, the Spurs board are yet to tie him down to a new deal. They now risk losing him in the summer when his current contract expires.
Championship team Blackburn Rovers is in the hunt for a forward and are believed to be interested in signing the 20-year-old. The Ewood Park outfit is currently third in the English second tier and remains in contention to secure promotion to the Premier League.
When asked about the rumoured interest in a recent interview, the Rovers manager suggested that the Tottenham youngster certainly fits his playing strategy. However, he also admitted to being unaware of where the club stands regarding a transfer.
“I don’t know how close any deals are. Dilan Markanday has won a couple of player of the month awards in the Under-23s league. He’s a young boy; we’re aware of him. I’m not sure how close anything is. He fits the profile of the type of footballer we might want to sign somewhere down the line as a lot of clubs in this league would.”
Too good to lose?
Dilan has already shown impressive performances for Spurs U18 and U23 sides. He certainly has the potential to become a future Premier League star. Even though he is still young, his price could skyrocket in the transfer market after playing one season of top tier football.
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Our team currently lacks depth in the frontline. There is a paucity of quality alternatives for Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, and Harry Kane. Steven Bergwijn has been linked with a move away while Bryan Gil and Jack Clarke still have much to prove.
While Markanday is not a first-team player yet, he has the potential to develop into one. Losing him for nothing this summer would be a poor approach by the club. Whether common ground will be found between the player and the club in the weeks to come remains to be seen.