The likelihood of Nuno changing system to a 3-4-3 should benefit Skipp, who would be a perfect complement to Pierre Hojberg at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield. As we saw with Denmark, Hojberg performs magnificently when paired with another defensively responsible stalwart.
Thomas Delaney perfectly complements Hojberg, something Skipp also has the capacity to do. Spurs didn’t last season have a player tailor-fitted to be a second defensive midfielder. Moussa Sissoko used to be that player, but is now a step off the pace, plagued by subpar, mistake-riddled performances.
Harry Winks is devoid of confidence and was never an out-and-out defensive midfielder while Eric Dier, who originally played in that position upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham, endured inconsistent performances there before shifting to central defence.
Finding a proficient defensive central midfielder on the open market is a tall task. Most elite defensive central midfielders are cemented onto their respective teams. Those who are available will invariably cost a small fortune, such is their importance to a team’s overall success.
If Spurs go the way of two defensive central midfielders, it’s only logical to provide Skipp his long-awaited opportunity. He would be tasked to stay put, interrupting any offensive forays by the opposing side. Hojberg would have similar responsibilities, but would be provided a license to advance more freely, like he did with Denmark at Euro 2020.
If he isn’t ready for first team football at Tottenham, it wouldn’t take long to find out. Though I feel it’s incumbent upon Nuno to see what Skipp can accomplish alongside Hojberg at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.