Tottenham ‘insider’ John Wenham has told Football Insider that he expects Dilan Markanday to leave the club on loan in the January transfer window if first-team opportunities continue to be difficult to come by.
Markanday, 20, made his Spurs debut last month during the side’s 1-0 defeat to Vitesse Arnhem in the Europa Conference League, becoming the first British Asian player in the club’s history to play for the senior team.
He has since returned to the club’s Under-23 set-up where he has been in stellar form this season, sitting joint-top scorer in the Premier League 2 with 10 goals in as many games.
While first-team opportunities are not presenting themselves too often to Markanday, Wenham suggests his performances are attracting interest from a host of sides in League One and believes discussions are taking place ahead of him securing a move away in January.
He did, however, add that Spurs are keen to tie Markanday down to a new contract before exploring a possible loan move for him, with his current deal due to expire in the summer.
Speaking to Football Insider, Wenham said: “There will certainly be loan enquiries in January. Actually, I’m told those talks are ongoing. Tottenham just want to extend that contract before he goes.
“I think if he doesn’t play between now and January, he will 100% leave in January.
“I’m certain League One clubs will already be asking about taking him on loan in January. That would be great for his development. I just want him to be playing.
“I would rather that was in the leagues instead of just in our Under-23 setup. He’s at that stage where he needs proper competitive football on a regular basis.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
Markanday is doing very well in the youth side, but maybe a loan to gain actual first-team opportunities over the next few months could do him the world of good. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see him firmly on the radar for a number of sides in the football pyramid.
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