Kevin Phillips believes that reports linking Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour with a move to Norwich City could be a sign that Oliver Skipp is set to stay at Tottenham next season.
There was a lot of expectation on Skipp’s shoulders heading into his loan spell at Norwich and the Spurs youngster more than met them, demonstrating exactly why he is so highly thought of in North London.
The 20-year-old not only showcased the tenacity and fight one needs to succeed in the Championship but also displayed maturity beyond his years, mopping up expertly in front of the back four.
His consistent displays at the base of midfield were a key reason behind why Daniel Farke’s side were able to cruise to the title and it has thus come as no surprise that the Norwich boss has admitted that he would like to have the midfielder back on loan next season.
Norwich star Alex Tettey has also revealed that he and his teammates are hopeful of having the Spurs youngster back for next season as they get ready to lock horns with the big boys in the top flight.
However, Sky Sports reported on Monday that Norwich are close to signing Gilmour on loan from Chelsea, and Phillips believes that is a sign that Spurs have decided against loaning out Skipp for next season.
The former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “If they’ve (Norwich) gone for Gilmour they’ve probably been told by Tottenham that Skipp isn’t available right now.
“Until they sort the manager situation out no player will be allowed to leave. The likes of Nuno Espirito Santo will want to have a look at what he is working with.
“Norwich have probably thought that they cannot wait for a manager to come in. They need to make provisions now and Billy Gilmour may be the substitution for Skipp.
“Skipp had a magnificent season at Norwich last year so it would be a shame if he stays at Spurs and doesn’t get any game time.”
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Mourinho’s sacking was not good news for Skipp as the Portuguese coach seemed to rate the midfielder very highly. The youngster now has to start from square one again and make an impression on the next Spurs head coach but he will certainly come back to pre-season full of confidence after his successful loan spell at Carrow Road.
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