Tottenham: Three pleasant surprises in the season so far

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dama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotpsur during the Premier League match

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 22: Adama Traore of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action with Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur at Molineux on August 22, 2021, in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur is a team very much in transition as Fabio Paratici works to rebuild the squad in a new image. While there is still much work to be done, there have been a few pleasant surprises thus far showing some real promise for the rest of the Tottenham season. Here are three surprises that have been good for the team.

Tottenham have found their defensive midfielder of the future

Tottenham Hotspur has struggled to find the right defensive midfielder since Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele left N17. Pierre Hojbjerg looked to be the real replacement last season but the Viking has struggled as a lone defensive midfielder, meaning Spurs have needed more than just Hojbjerg protecting the backline, enter Oliver Skipp.

After a great loan for Norwich in the Championship last season, most knew Oliver Skipp was going to have a role with Tottenham Hotspur this season, however, just how big of a role likely few knew. Skipp has been the most consistent of the Tottenham midfield this season, most of all because he understands his job and his limitations and stays within both.

Skipp is rarely out of position from protecting the backline and is always willing to make the necessary tackle to break up play and help the team. Skipp’s ability on the ball has been solid, with his passing range and clear confidence with the ball that is growing week-to-week.

As has been noted here at HotspurHQ, Skipp is clearly key to the team’s success and should be a fixture in the midfield moving forward. At just 21, to already been nearly undroppable speaks to the future Skipp has with this team.


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