‘Grounded and intelligent’ – Spurs academy manager gives lowdown on Markanday

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Dilan Markanday
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Tottenham academy manager Dean Restrick has praised the grounded nature of Dilan Markanday and claims the young forward is aware of the hard work ahead of him to break into the side’s first-team. 

The 20-year-old made his senior Spurs debut last month, and has since been rewarded for his excellent form with the club’s Under-23 side by picking up the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for October. 

Markanday scooping up the award has come to the delight of manager Restrick, who says the youngster cherishes the achievement but understands the challenges ahead as he looks to progress his career at Spurs. 

Speaking to the club’s official website, Rastrick said: “We’re very proud that Dilan has won this award. 

“He’s a very grounded and intelligent young man who recognises what this Under-23 award means but also knows the hard work that’s still going to be required as he continues to develop with the overall aim of eventually transitioning into first-team football.”

In making his Spurs debut, Markanday set a significant milestone by becoming the club’s first British Asian player to make an appearance for the first team. 

While Rastrick appreciates Markanday’s part in the club’s history, he advised the forward to keep his head down to see where his development takes him. 

He added: “We’re obviously delighted that he recently made an important piece of history as the first British Asian to represent our first team in a competitive game.

“The challenge now is to keep developing and improving. We’re all looking forward to seeing how he progresses over the coming months.”

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Everyone knows how well Markanday has been doing in the youth team this season, as well as his piece in Spurs history. 

He seems like the type of player to keep his head down to keep improving, though, so it will be interesting to see how far his development takes him in the coming months. 

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