‘He could be like Harry Winks’ – Graham Roberts casts doubt on midfielder’s impact

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Graham Roberts
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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has revealed that he is unsure whether Oliver Skipp is ready became a regular in the Premier League.

Skipp spent last season on loan at Norwich City and impressed with the Canaries who secured their return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The 20-year-old featured in all but one of Norwich’s league matches after he fractured his metatarsal bone in his right foot in the final minutes of the penultimate fixture against Reading which secured their promotion (transfermarkt).

The Evening Standard reported last week that the England Under-21 international is part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans this season.

Roberts highlighted the gulf in standard between the Premier League and Championship and suggested that he could follow in the footsteps of Harry Winks, who struggled for first-team under Jose Mourinho last season but proof will only be in the pudding once he is given the opportunity.

Roberts told Football FanCast: “Playing in the Championship and the Premier League are totally different. In the Premier League there are some quality midfield players, the Championship is a good league, and he did very well, but I think he could be like Harry Winks.

“It might just go over his head, but we don’t know until you give him a chance.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Skipp has to be given the opportunity to prove that he has the potential to become a regular in Nuno’s side.

Winks has had ample time to progess his game, but has gone backwards in recent years and has instead become a player who is devoid of confidence and is only comfortable playing the ball sideways or backwards.

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