Tottenham Loan Decision – Oliver Skipp
Oliver Skipp is one of the players that have a lot expected of him over the next several years. Whether or not those expectations start to come to fruition this season at N17 or somewhere else remains to be seen.
Skipp spent last season on loan in the Championship, helping Norwich win the league and earn promotion. Skipp started every game of the run – except the finale when he was out injured – and the young midfielder was a big part of the Canaries’ success. Skipp was not as influential as Emiliano Buendía on the team but then again Buendía might not have had the same success he did without the competence of Skipp behind him.
Regardless, Skipp seems poised for big things, and after a nice run out with the first team in the most recent preseason game, maybe the time has come for Skipp to step up into the first team. However, the decision on Skipp, as will be the case with some of our other players, may depend more on more players leaving Tottenham than anything else.
Other transfers may dictate Skipp, Tottenham this season
For Skipp, if neither Moussa Sissoko nor Harry Winks is sold, it is very possible Skipp goes back out on loan as he needs the minutes to continue developing. However, if Fabio Paratici and Spurs can manage to move on either Sissoko or Winks then there is room for Skipp in the midfield rotation.
It is possible that Skipp simply passes Winks and Sissoko in the rotation anyway but the best avenue for Skipp to get the minutes we all want to see is to move one of the two veterans in front of him. Our guess is that one if not both of Sissoko and Winks will be moved and Skipp has a big part to play in the squad, even if not as a starter.