Dilan Markanday is continuing to excel in the Tottenham academy but with the appointment of Antonio Conte, he may struggle to get a chance in the first team.
Markanday made history for the Spurs first team under Nuno Espirito Santo against Vitesse, as he became the first ever British Asian and first player of Indian descent to play in a competitive game for the men’s first team.
The 20-year-old was on the bench for the first team against Crystal Palace and in two other Europa Conference League games, but didn’t get match minutes in any of those fixtures.
For the Lilywhites academy, the winger has scored 10 goals in as many appearances in the Premier League 2 and also registered two assists.
Markanday has also picked up two assists in his three games in the Papa John’s Trophy for the U23s, which both came against Stevenage.
The 20-year-old’s quality has been recognised, as he has been shortlisted for his third Player of the Month nomination in seven months and is up against six other youngsters, including West Ham’s Jamal Baptiste and Arsenal’s Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand.
When Conte was appointed, football.london reported some of his past comments on youngsters and it looked hopeful for some of the academy stars.
“If you are good enough to play with a great team, you play. Every coach wants to win,” he said.
“If an old player, 36-years-old, makes me happy and helps me to win, I pick him. It’s the same if a young player, 16-years-old, helps me to win. I’m ready to do this also.”
However, in the Italian’s first Premier League game in charge, there were no youngsters included in the matchday squad.
Dane Scarlett has only made three appearances in the Premier League 2 so far this season and that is mainly because he was included in most matchday squads under Nuno Espirito Santo.
The 17-year-old featured on the bench against Vitesse in Conte’s first fixture in charge but was left out of the squad against Everton and is now on international duty with the England U19s.
When the Portuguese head coach was in charge, he had a bench full of academy players in the Europa Conference League 1-0 defeat in Arnhem.
Despite the comments Conte has previously made, it may have already become clear that the U23s may not get as many opportunities to play for the first team, in this campaign.
The Italian is known for his winning mentality and has shown that through winning titles with Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan.
Tottenham have been desperate for some silverware for over a decade and many fans will be hoping that the arrival of the 52-year-old will grant this wish.
Conte is also known as being a manager who doesn’t stay at clubs for long periods of time and instead he goes to a club, improves them and leads them to trophies before going on his way.
The Spurs boss has been given an 18-month contract, with an option to extend, and he has already had his say on the length of the contract.
“I think my contract is not a problem. 18 months and we decided. I understood also the sacrifices this club did for me,” he said in his pre match press conference, ahead of Sunday’s game.
“It’s OK but I think that the best things for us is to work together with the players, with the club and to understand that we can work together for a long time. I hope so.”
The Lilywhites still have chances to win silverware in the form of the Europa Conference League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup – once they join the competition.
However as they progress further in the cup competitions, the fixtures inevitably get harder, making it even less likely for the academy starlets to get given their chance under Conte.
The Italian’s aim at the club is likely to be to deal with the now and lead his new side to success as soon as he can, rather than thinking about the future.
Although this is great for the fans to have a manager committed to winning, it may not be a positive for the youngsters.
However, they have many years ahead of them and if the likes of Markanday and Scarlett can continue to excel and develop their abilities, it will only be a matter of time before they get first team football.
Source by Football London