Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp is thought to be keen on a loan move away from the club this month as he looks to increase his game time, that is according to a report from The Athletic.
The 19-year-old has barely featured this season, making just three cameo appearances in the Premier League which have equated to 10 minutes of game time (Transfermarkt).
It is thought that clubs from Turkey, Holland and Germany are keen to take Skipp on loan. However, as it is likely to be just a short-term deal the player would prefer to stay in England which makes a move to the Championship a possibility.
The Telegraph recently reported that the midfielder is in manager Jose Mourinho’s first-team plans, but as he didn’t even feature in their FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough it seems unlikely that he will get many minutes if he remains in north London.
It is likely that Mourinho sees the player as cover, with injuries currently causing havoc in the Spurs squad, particularly in midfield. Indeed, Moussa Sissoko has been ruled out until April at least (tottenhamhotspur.com) whilst Tanguy Ndombele has struggled all season with injuries.
However, Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes is reportedly on the verge of joining Tottenham (Sky Sports) which could lead to Mourinho being more flexible when it comes to the possibility of allowing Skipp to go and get some first-team minutes on loan.
Given the lack of game time Skipp has received this season, a loan move would surely be beneficial in terms of his development. At 19-years-old he needs to start playing games on a regular basis and it doesn’t look like he will get that this season at Spurs, particularly if Fernandes signs.
Six months in the Championship could do him the world of good as it would allow him to gain valuable experience in a league which is extremely competitive.
He should look to the likes of Harry Wilson and Mason Mount as prime examples of players who weren’t getting minutes at their parent clubs and so moved to the second tier on loan.
Both went to Derby from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively last season and impressed, so much so that they are now Premier League regulars. Added to that, the pair are also regularly representing Wales and England these days, so Skipp should look to follow in their footsteps by going and impressing in the Championship which may then lead to his big break at Tottenham.
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