Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested Tottenham will look to sign a new midfielder in January and feels Oliver Skipp should not be a regular starter if the club have ambitions of finishing in the top four.
Antonio Conte’s arrival has sparked an upturn in form for Tottenham and three Premier League wins on the bounce has seen the club move up into fifth, just two points out of the Champions League places with a game in hand.
The Italian is said to be looking to bulk up his options in the centre of the pitch ahead of the transfer window’s opening as he continues to mould the Spurs squad as his own.
Former Aston Villa striker Agbonlahor believes Spurs will look to do plenty of business in the winter, with two new midfielders and a forward on the agenda.
Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor said: “Do it whenever you can. January is a very slow month with fixtures, there are only three or four games with no midweek games.
“It’s a month where you can chop and change so if the option is there to sell players and bring in other players I’m sure he will. He won’t wait until the summer. If it’s on, he’ll do it.
“Midfield is where he needs to focus, for sure. Another centre-half too. None of their centre-midfielders are good enough for where Spurs want to go. So two new centre-midfielders and a number ten.”
Spurs academy graduate Skipp has been one of the side’s stand-out performers and has cemented a spot in the Italian’s midfield after enjoying a successful spell out on loan with Norwich last term.
However, Agbonlahor feels the 21-year-old cannot be relied upon by Spurs if the club is to make a serious push to make a return to the Champions League.
He added: “They need more goals from midfield, you don’t really see Spurs’ midfielders scoring goals. I would keep Skipp but I would have him for rotation. He’s not the answer if Spurs want to get into the top four.
“He’s a good player but Spurs want to be in a big number of competitions, they need a bigger squad.
“If you have your strongest XI, Skipp should not be starting. Spurs should have better midfielders there.
“He doesn’t score goals, he’s neat with his play, breaks up the opposition but in the Premier League, to get into the top-four he’s not one you should have in your midfielder.”
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This is a bit of an unfair take on Skipp, who has played so well for Spurs this season. He also hasn’t reached the top of his game yet either, so we don’t know just how much better he can get before such a judgement can be held.
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