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.
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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