Tottenham Hotspur’s Oliver Skipp is one of the standout players from the academy at the moment, as he made his leap into the first-team set-up last season.
The young midfielder played eight games in the Premier League for Spurs last season, as well as two FA Cup games and two League Cup games (Transfer Markt).
This totalled over 400 minutes of senior football for the teenager, but he has barely featured for the Lilywhites this season.
I was expecting Skipp to kick on this season in a similar fashion to Harry Winks, but it appears that the youngster is not quite in Poch’s immediate plans.
Across 14 games so far this season, Skipp has only appeared three times, twice in one-minute cameos in the Premier League and 78 minutes in the Carabao Cup loss to Colchester (Transfer Markt).
Perhaps Pochettino does not want Skipp included in the poor run of form and the criticism that is coming with it. Perhaps he does not want to dent his confidence.
However, I would argue that there comes a point where you have to give these youngsters a chance to prove they are legitimate options. You have to give Skipp a chance to show that he is better than the likes of Dier, Wanyama, Winks, and co.
If Pochettino is determined to keep him on the bench, or even out of the squad (Skipp has missed the matchday squad in three of the last four games), then he may as well go out on loan.
Get this lad some football!
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