Speaking on the Last Word on Spurs YouTube channel, Sky Sports reporter Lyall Thomas has been speaking about the future of Tottenham Hotspur prospect Dilan Markanday.
The 20-year-old finds himself at the centre of transfer speculation, with his future at Spurs in question as his contract enters its final six months.
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Markanday signed a new one-year deal with the Lilywhites last January which would see his contractual stay in north London through to the end of this season.
There are a number of clubs said to be interested in the 20-year-old winger, with Celtic, Rangers, Bournemouth and a number of other Championship clubs all said to be keeping an eye on his situation in N17.
With the Lilywhites said to be looking to extend his stay beyond this summer, Thomas had the following to say on whether talks had made any progression:
“As far as I know, there’s not been any progress since my last report on it. They’ve made him an offer; he’s not going to sign that offer, as things stand.
“He’s got interest from a lot of other clubs – clubs that are willing to potentially come in and buy him. I think Tottenham want him to sign a contract and then go out on loan.
“So they obviously see him as somebody who could be a good player for them in the future. But I think the player’s in a situation where he wants to make sure that he’s going to be playing the most games. I think he’s really at the stage where he’s too good for the U23 level, really, and he needs to be playing regularly in senior football, and probably at the Championship level.”
TIF Thoughts on Dilan Markanday’s future at Spurs…
Markanday has been in sensational form of late for the Spurs U23s, with 12 goals and five assists to his name in just 14 appearances in the Premier League 2 (via Transfermarkt).
However, despite Spurs playing in the third-string European competition as well as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup this season, Markanday has not been given much of an opportunity to prove his worth in the senior side.
The winger has only played 15 minutes for the first team so far, so it would be understandable if he was looking for options elsewhere in order to make a name for himself in men’s football.
However, we think given the form he has shown for the U23s, Spurs should be doing everything they can to tie the prospect down to a future in north London and potentially look to send him out on loan if he is not in the immediate plans of Antonio Conte.