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Tottenham Hotspur: Oliver Skipp questioned by Paul Robinson

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp may not be good enough to keep a place in Antonio Conte’s side with the Marseille battle looming large, says former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson. 

The Lowdown: Skipp’s season so far

With six Premier League appearances to his name this season, the midfielder has only started two of them, which have come in their previous matches against Newcastle United and Bournemouth.

Instead, Conte has usually relied on Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to make up his midfield, with the duo both starting 12 league games each.

Despite his lack of regular starts since recovering from a foot injury earlier in the season, it appears that the Englishman has already been brought into question ahead of the crunch clash in Marseille.

The Latest: Question marks over Skipp

Speaking to Football Insider before Tuesday’s huge match, Sky Sports pundit Robinson had this to say about the 22-year-old and his return to action:

“It is great to see him back to full fitness and playing. He has been given his opportunity because of injuries.

“I’ll be honest, I think he still has a lot to prove to be considered of the level of the others. Bentancur and Hojbjerg have been brilliant this year.

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“Spurs have a lot of quality in that side. To progress and move on they need players like Skipp to prove themselves.

“Conte is giving him that opportunity at the moment. I question whether Skipp is of the level of Bentancur though. Skipp has to step up.”

The Verdict: Room to improve

Having had his international performances before the injury described as “disappointing” by Alasdair Gold, it seems as though it’s been the same for Skipp at club level on return.

Jumping into the details of what Skipp has done for the team this season, only 39 of the 57 passes he has attempted have been successful, leaving him with one of the lowest passing accuracy percentages at the club (68.4%).

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His overall performances in the league have earned the midfielder a rather underwhelming season rating of 6.07/10 from WhoScored, making him the lowest-rated player at Spurs to have started at least one league game.

Taking all of this into account, it’s easy to see why Robinson has raised his concerns over Skipp’s quality and ability to be an important figure for Conte.


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