Pundit claims midfielder Mourinho admires should ‘not be thinking about Tottenham’


Kevin Phillips has urged Oliver Skipp to push for another loan move to Norwich City next season, insisting that the midfielder is not going to get enough game time at Spurs.

Skipp is rated very highly by Jose Mourinho but the youngster has potentially surpassed even the Spurs boss’ expectations during his loan spell at Carrow Road this season, displaying maturity beyond his years and demonstrating that he is too good for the Championship.

The Canaries are now sitting pretty at the top of the table and look set to bounce straight back into the Premier League following their relegation last season.

Previous reports indicated that Daniel Farke’s side have contacted Spurs about re-signing Skipp on loan for next season should they get into the top flight.

However, it has been revealed that Tottenham have no intention of letting Skipp leave on loan, with Mourinho having earmarked a regular first-team role for the 20-year-old.

Phillips is not convinced that Skipp is going to be able to establish himself as a regular at Spurs when more experienced players like Harry Winks have failed to do so.

Speaking about the England Under-21 international’s future, the former Sunderland striker told Football Insider: “I would send him back to Norwich next season.

“Is he going to get into that Tottenham side? You have got players like Harry Winks not playing regular football. Mourinho has lots to choose from in that area.

“If I was Skipp I would not be thinking about Tottenham next season. I would make sure Norwich gain promotion and then push to rejoin them on loan again next season.

“He will be playing week in, week out at Norwich. At Tottenham, even the experienced players get rotated.

“I am not saying he is not good enough, far from it but I think for his development another season at Norwich would be best. He should learn his trade while playing week in, week out.”

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Under normal circumstances, I can see Spurs potentially considering allowing Skipp to have a season out on loan in the Premier League in order to fast-forward his development. However, we clearly need another holding midfielder in the summer and are not in a position to spend big due to the financial impact of the pandemic. So, Skipp will likely be thrown in the deep end at Spurs next season and he certainly has the talent to establish himself as a regular in the side.

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