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Tottenham to lose another talented youngster as Blackburn close in on Dilan Markanday transfer

Blackburn Rovers are reportedly set to land the shock permanent signing of Tottenham wonderkid Dilan Markanday.

After netting 12 goals in the first half of the PL2 season, it was expected that Markanday would leave on loan this January to further his development with senior game time.

Spurs have offered Markanday a contract extension beyond his current deal which expires in summer, but the 20-year-old is keen on playing consistent first team football and he feels his best chance of that is away from Tottenham.

Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest and Stoke all expressed interest in taking Markanday on loan ahead of the window but Blackburn emerged as favourites after Tony Mowbray publicly spoke about his interest in him.

Mowbray looks like he’s going to get his man not only on loan but on a permanent deal which on paper is an incredible piece of business for Rovers.

What are Blackburn getting?

A pacey, tricky, versatile forward player with a natural eye for goal.

Markanday made history earlier this season, becoming the first British Asian player ever to play for Tottenham when he made his debut against Vitesse in the Europa Conference League in October.

Markanday’s striking instincts can be told simply by his goal record in the PL2 this season and those goals have come in a variety of ways.

They have mostly come with his left foot but he has scored goals from outside the box, from close range and from corners / set pieces. He is quite simply a very good striker of a football, always finishing with accuracy and power.

His usual role for Spurs U23s has been as a central striker but in the Championship, and particularly at Blackburn who have just lost Ian Poveda to injury, he will likely play wide on the right and this should also lessen the opportunity for centre backs to bully him, of course that is not as prevalent in the PL2 as he is playing against younger opposition.

When coming in off the right Markanday will always want to come infield and shoot on his dangerous left foot, very Riyad Mahrez-like) but in recent weeks he has displayed a big improvement on his right foot. He scored a brilliant equaliser against Manchester United U23 just earlier this week with his right.

Markanday also has the creative talent to be able to play as a number 10, he is a good dribbler and can shoot from range. Playing him as a 10 may also be a good option for Blackburn but even when he starts from a wide-right position he can drift infield and take up that space in order to create chances for himself and for others.

Rovers clearly think he is a player that can come in and make an instant impact which adds a certain amount of pressure on his shoulders, especially with Blackburn well in the promotion fight at the top of the Championship.

A player with a point to prove, going into a dressing room full of confidence at the minute should be a good combination for Mowbray.

Tottenham faithful not happy

Spurs fans were initially pleased with the news that Markanday could be heading to Blackburn on loan for the rest of the season.

Rovers have a growing reputation for trusting and developing young players under Mowbray, with Harvey Elliott’s spell at Ewood Park the best example.

However, now the deal is looking like being a permanent one, Tottenham fans are understandably not happy with the club losing one of it’s brightest youngsters, and for such a cheap price.

Some have compared the departure of Markanday to that of Noni Madueke back in 2018.

Although Madueke departed at a much younger age (15), he was a highly-rated talent just like Markanday is now and it appears that Spurs have not learned their lesson.

A Markanday departure is not only painful for Spurs fans due to his ability and potential future worth compared to the measily £500k they are set to land for him, but Markanday is also a boyhood Spurs fan who had previously expressed his dream was “to play for Tottenham for the next 15 years.”

The move must be an incredibly difficult decision but he seems to be making it for the right reason, to play football, which is testament to his character. Hopefully it proves to be a good move for not only Blackburn but also for Markanday and the making of a star.

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