Born: 20 August 2001 (Barnet, England)
Dilan Markanday is a clever attacking midfielder who normally plays on the right, weaving his way into dangerous areas in the opponents' half.
He was a key member of our young side that finished as runners-up in the Under-18 Premier League in 2018/19, playing in more games in that competition - 21 of our 22 - than any other player. He scored 11 goals, including a run of netting in five consecutive games between September and October, 2018, and also had the distinction of scoring in the first ever football match to be played at our new stadium as we dispatched Southampton Under-18s 3-1 in the first Test Event at the venue.
He also scored one in two Under-18 Premier League Cup appearances and featured once in the FA Youth Cup, in addition to playing in six of our eight Under-19 UEFA Youth League matches, even deputising at centre-forward in the round of 16 clash with Porto. He also featured four times for our Under-23s in the Premier League 2 during that campaign.
In 2019/20, Dilan stepped up to be a regular fixture in our Under-23 side, making 19 appearances and scoring three goals in all competitions while also starting all six of our games in the UEFA Youth League under Ryan Mason's stewardship.
The 2020/21 season saw him continue to be a regular starter for the Under-23s, scoring a late winner at home to Southampton in October, 2020, while he also deputised at left-back in a couple of games at the start of 2021.
Dilan was born in Barnet Hospital, attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys School in Elstree and was raised in north London.
He featured regularly for our Under-16s in 2016/17, scoring seven goals.
He set the tone for his 2017/18 season with a goal and impressive display in a 4-0 opening day win over Norwich Under-18s and, after a spell out of the side in the middle of the campaign, continued to catch the eye in the latter months of that season, scoring in big wins over Chelsea and Arsenal - twice in the latter game - to round off the Under-18 Premier League campaign. In all, he scored six goals in 15 appearances in that competition, three in five in our run to the Under-18 Premier League Cup Final and made two further substitute appearances in the FA Youth Cup.
Named 'Best Overseas Player' at the Under-17 Borgaro Maggioni Righi tournament in Italy over the Easter weekend in 2018, he made his Under-23s debut as a substitute in a Premier League 2 final day defeat to Manchester City.