Opinion: Why is Pochettino not using Oliver Skipp this season?

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been well below par so far this season, with a number of Pochettino’s central midfielders not cutting it across all competitions.

Dele Alli has struggled to regain any kind of form since his injury, while Christian Eriksen has looked a shadow of his formal self in a Lilywhite jersey this campaign.

While Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele, and Moussa Sissoko have been three of the most impressive performers so far this season, they have looked fatigued at times.

This leads me to question why Pochettino is not using one of the brightest academy talents at his disposal, Oliver Skipp.

Skipp may have played 78 minutes against Colchester in the League Cup, but this is his only significant appearance all season, with his other two coming in the dying minutes against Aston Villa and Man City (Transfer Markt).

The youngster has played only two Premier League minutes, with the last coming on match week two. He has also failed to even make the bench in four of the eleven games this season.

In my opinion, this Tottenham side needs refreshing and academy players are the perfect resource to achieve this goal. Skipp also happens to have vast first-team experience, so I have no idea why Pochettino is not using that.

Perhaps he sees this moment of bad form as too tough a moment to throw the youngster into. Whatever the case, Skipp needs game time.

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