Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the signing of winger Dilan Markanaday from Tottenham Hotspur. 

Markanday was the standout player for Tottenham’s Under-23s this season, with 12 goals and five assists in 14 Premier League 2 appearances.

The 20-year-old made his first-team debut for the North Londoners’ in their 1-0 loss to Vitesse in the Europa Conference League back in October under former boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

The winger, who has been at Tottenham since the age of 11, reportedly rejected a contract offered by the North London club as he wanted to play regular first-team football.

Blackburn have now confirmed that the 20-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Ewood Park, with an option of an extension of another 12 months.

According to The Daily Mail, the Championship club paid an initial £500,000 for the Spurs academy graduate, with performance-related bonuses potentially taking the fee beyond £1m.

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This is a huge blow for Tottenham as Markanday was arguably the most promising talent in the academy set up at the club. 

The 20-year-old becomes the latest in a long line of promising youngsters, which includes Dennis Cirkin, Luis Binks, Noni Madueke and Marcus Edwards, to leave the club in search of first-team football.

Perhaps questions have to be asked about the efficacy of the pathway from the academy into the first-team when we keep losing such talented players. 

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