Gary Mabbutt has admitted that he has been left impressed by Oliver Skipp’s performances at Norwich City this season.
Skipp showed glimpses of his potential when he got some minutes under his belt for Spurs last season.
However, instead of keeping the midfielder in North London, the club gave the green light for the youngster to complete a loan move to Norwich.
It is a decision that has proven to be extremely beneficial for Skipp, who has come on leaps and bounds as the campaign has progressed.
The 20-year-old has displayed maturity beyond his years, sweeping up in front of the Norwich back four and helping to build attacks from deep.
His consistent displays have been a key reason behind the Canaries’ impressive showing this season as the club look on course to bounce straight back up after their relegation from the top flight last term.
Reports indicate that Jose Mourinho has earmarked a first-team role at Tottenham for Skipp next season which certainly has not surprised Mabbut, who praised the decision to send the youngster to Carrow Road.
The legendry Tottenham defender told Football Fancast regarding Skipp: “Going away on loan to Norwich has been a great move for Oliver.
“When you have the competition, there are times as a club when you have to look at it and say ‘this player is nearly there, he’s not quite there’.
“Going away on a season-long loan to Norwich when you know they’re going to be fighting at the top of the table, and are an excellent team who should get back in the Premier League, that is a fantastic move for him.
“It has been both from the club’s perspective and from his own, so I’m delighted that he’s doing so well. It has shown that he is a player, I would think, that will be back involved in the Spurs first-team for next season.”
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Under normal circumstances, I believe Spurs might have considered loaning Skipp out to a Premier League side next season in order for him to continue his development.
However, the fact that we do not have too much money to throw around on a midfielder this summer makes it more likely that the midfielder will be handed an important first-team role next season.
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