Opinion: Why Spurs should start Oliver Skipp next season

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Oliver Skipp
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In the past year, Oliver Skipp has impressed everyone and anyone paying attention to his journey, whether that be Spurs fans, Norwich supporters or neutrals. 

He played a massive part in Norwich’s promotion back to the Premier League, even receiving the third-highest amount of votes, from fans, for the player of the season award.

He barely put a foot wrong and only missed one Championship game throughout the whole season.

To add to his already successful campaign, the 20-year-old was also Norwich’s player of the month in September.

Skipp thoroughly impressed the Norwich manager, Daniel Farke, during his time at the club, so much that he wanted to buy the midfielder permanently. The Tottenham youth academy graduate was praised many times by Farke while he was on loan, as quoted by Pink Un.

He said: “I can only praise Olly and Tottenham. This was perfect business.

“The best piece of business is always a permanent move, when you are fully convinced and you commit the club’s future to a player, and they do likewise.

“We would never be able to sign a highly-rated player like Oliver Skipp. Not on a permanent deal.

“It would be an unbelievable amount of money for our club.”

Over the years we have seen many players do superb in the Championship and then underperform when they move up to the Premier League. However, I don’t think this will be the case with Skipp.

It is definitely worth the gamble. If it doesn’t work out for him with the Lilywhites, an appropriate side would be sure to have him on loan for the second half of the season.

There is a more than likely possibility that the newly appointed Spurs manager, Nuno Espírito Santo, chooses against playing Skipp, having not managed him before.

I believe that he should go on loan to a team in the bottom half of the Premier League if this happens, such as Norwich City. 

His best chances of succeeding and improving his game are likely in England as he has already thrived there previously.

With the recent addition of Billy Gilmour to the Norwich midfield, even going back on loan to Norwich could do him wonders.

However, Skipp looks as though he would work perfectly alongside Hojbjerg next season and they could form a formidable partnership.

He has a similar play style to Hojbjerg as Skipp drops deep and always looks for passes to build attacks. He also covers well and helps to defend, denying the opposition goals.

As for other options that could be used rather than Skipp – Sissoko and Winks are not up to standard and Ndombele isn’t good enough defensively.

Skipp is more well-rounded than any Tottenham midfielder, therefore fitting in as a box to box much better than anybody else.

Also if we try Skipp, Ndombele could be used as an attacking playmaker. This would benefit him and let him show his full capabilities attacking wise.

With Skipp and Hojbjerg playing as defensive midfielders, Spurs’ defence is bound to be improved dramatically as the pressure is taken off and hopefully some additional signings are added.

On top of that, more well-worked attacks could be created from deep by Skipp and Hojbjerg rather than hopeful long balls to Kane.

Either loaning Skipp out or playing him should result in progression so both are respectable decisions, although I believe we should go for the latter. 

As long as he isn’t forced to stay at Tottenham while getting no game time then he will be fine.

What do you think Spurs should do with Skipp? Let us know.

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