Jose Mourinho has told Tottenham Hotspur to send Oliver Skipp and Jamie Bowden out on loan after signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton.
That’s according to Football Insider, as relayed by @HotspurRelated, who claim Hojbjerg’s arrival has caused an upheaval, which could lead to both Bowden and Skipp leaving for the time being at least.
A Spurs source close to the situation told the outlet that the manager has agreed they both need to be playing regularly to continue their development, which is something he cannot provide at the moment.
It’s a case of the old ‘catch-22’ in action; Mourinho is keen for the midfielders to gain some game time under their belts as they have outgrown development football, but the Portuguese is not prepared to give them plenty of opportunities in the first-team.
Skipp is the more senior of the Spurs duo, as he has made 21 appearances for his boyhood club, but knows he will have a better chance of playing regular football elsewhere. He signed a new four-year deal with the Lilywhites last month but is angling to leave on loan.
Obviously, a loan move away from north London would be best for everyone involved. Loan spells will allow the teenagers to test their mettle and mentality to come back and challenge for a place in the starting lineup. They won’t be short of options in the summer as Spurs have been flooded by offers from across the country.
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