Tottenham Hotspur have officially loaned promising midfield youngster Oliver Skipp to Norwich City for the 2020/2021 season (BBC), and the potential future alternative to Harry Winks could gain some vital experience in the Championship as he looks to become part of Jose Mourinho’s plans.
The rebuild is in full swing as Mourinho plots for his first full season in charge of the Lilywhites, with Tottenham signing midfield enforcer Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for around £15 million last week.
As one midfield man comes in, however, one must go out – and Skipp has made way for Hojbjerg as the club look to nurture his development through a loan deal.
Will Skipp become a future alternative to Harry Winks?
No, play them both
Ex-Tottenham head coach and fan favourite Mauricio Pochettino took note of Skipp’s potential as far back as 2018, noting to the club’s official website that he is a ‘very talented’ prospect with a bright future.
Playing just 76 minutes in the Premier League last season (WhoScored), with Mourinho even slotting him in the right-back position over training sessions to experiment, it’s clear that he needs to go out on a temporary move in order to gain much valuable experience.
Over his brief 2019/2020 cameos, Skipp did manage to complete 89.5% of his passes to teammates, a similarly impressive number to Winks, but of course the club will need to see him feature more regularly to discover the extent of his technical ability.
The Canaries, looking to get back into the top flight at the first time of asking, could allow Skipp to be part of a promotion battle – and the move to loan him there will potentially pay off from Mourinho’s perspective. Indeed, not only will he gain vital game time, but also potentially experience pressurised football with the ambition of achieving something tangible.
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