For at least a year all of the hype oxygen in Tottenham Hotspur’s academy has been sucked out of the room by Troy Parrott and Dane Scarlett. This season though has seen the rapid rise of 20-year old striker Dilan Markanday, who is scoring goals for funzies in the U23s. This season Markanday has scored 12 goals and tallied five assists in 14 Premier League 2 matches, winning a couple of PL2 monthly awards in the process.
Usually when this happens it means he’s ready for a good loan, and now at least one Championship club is signalling that they’re interested. Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray gave quotes to the press, as reported by the Lancashire Telegraph, saying that Markanday is definitely on their radar for a spring loan to the end of the season.
“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. Young players that you polish up and in a year or so they think ‘wow, where’s he come from?’
“You have to see the raw talent with these players and there are a few young players on our radar and I think it’s best until something materialises that we don’t talk too much about players from other football clubs.”
Markanday absolutely needs a loan right now as he’s kinda tearing up the U23 league. It’s not known how much of that scoring output will translate to first team football, but the fact that Blackburn, a team currently third in the Championship, three points behind leaders Bournemouth and very much in the mix to promote to the Premier League next season, are interested is a VERY good sign.
Spurs are pretty desperate to sign Markanday to a new contract as his expires in June, but reports are that he’s considering all his options. A Markanday contract extension along with a loan somewhere would be the best possible scenario for everyone. Not sure whether Markanday has the goods to crack the starting lineup at Spurs, but even if he doesn’t he’s a talent worth developing in the short to medium term.