Tottenham’s new stadium is finally close to completion after months of setbacks, failed promises, missed deadlines, and NFL induced destruction of grass.
Indeed, the Tottenham Hotspur board, and fans, get their brand new shiny stadium and Mauricio Pochettino gets to enjoy some spending power in the transfer market. This, quite possibly, could be the turning point in Spurs’ footballing career.
Of course, we’re not expecting Daniel Levy and Pochettino to go wild and start spending frivolously – this has never been their way and it certainly won’t start now. However, there’s now enough financial freedom for players to come and go without needing worry too much about the economic consequences.
One of those expected to be sold is Mousa Dembele. The Belgian midfielder has been widely rumoured to be on his way out of Tottenham after six years with the club following the end of his contract, and rumours from Corriere Della Sera suggest that this move could happen as early as January with Juventus reportedly interested in the player.
Hypothetically, if Dembele were to transfer to Turin it’s entirely possible that Pochettino may still look towards the youth set up to find a suitable replacement. With that in mind, here are two players that could fill the departing Belgian’s boots…
Oakley-Boothe has been making waves in the development squads for some time now.
Like Dembele, he’s known for his consistency in the centre of the park, with performances very rarely dipping below the required standard. He plays with a calmness that is very rarely found in younger players, and this compliments his ability to distribute the ball around the pitch.
He’s already made an appearance for the senior team in their game against Barnsley in the Caraboa Cup last year, and England have had him on their books from under-16 level.
Very evident talent.
Oliver Skipp has represented Tottenham at every level upwards to the under-23s despite only being 18-years-of-age, suggesting to us that the lad possesses serious talent.
Skipp plays with a maturity that is beyond his years which helps him to strategically plan out moves and orchestrate play in the most calculated of ways.
Upon watching the player in a competitive situation, a scout from the Daily Mail reported that Skipp has an “unorthodox (…) gait (…) but this disguises good balance when tackling and challenging for the ball.”
His defensive work is also something to be admired, particularly for the older fans who may be feeling a little nostalgic about the hard-hitting times of old, as he shows no sign of fear when breaking up his opponents play.
Tottenham find themselves in a bit of a crisis at the moment, with a number of key players out injured, including the man Skipp is touted to replace, which means the young prospect could find himself propelled into the first-team prematurely.