Spurs youngster Oliver Skipp (19) joined Sky Bet Championship side Norwich City on loan for the 2020/21 season yesterday. An excellent loan move and opportunity for the teenager from Welwyn Garden City to impress and show his quality, Skipp has been a star of the Tottenham academy set up for some time now, and he has also already made 23 competitive appearances for Spurs’ first team. The England under 21 international who excelled at under 18 and 23 level since bursting onto the scene as a schoolboy during the 2016/17 season, Skipp’s combative and physical style of play has also seen him adapt well to first team football during the times that he has played for Spurs. Having been at Spurs since a very young age the boyhood Tottenham fan has been immersed in the footballing philosophies of the club, and Spurs manager Jose Mourinho even said that he sees him as a future captain of the club. Having outgrown under 23 football despite his young age Skipp didn’t feature at all for the development side last season, and the season before that he only featured on a handful of occasions. That’s why a loan move was probably best in his personal development as a player, just like it is for Troy Parrott who recently moved to Millwall on a season long loan. Oliver Skipp is an incredibly well rounded defensive minded midfielder who has so many top attributes. Reportedly turning down a number of clubs of which included some Premier League ones to join recently relegated Norwich City, Skipp obviously believes that he has a good chance of becoming a regular starter for the ’ Canaries ‘. Much more than just a number four, Skipp can also play the box to midfield role as he has good pace and vision, and particularly at youth level he would go on long driving forward runs.
Tenacious and strong in the challenge as well as being good in the air, Oliver Skipp can also play at centre half as he demonstrated really well at youth level for Spurs, so it will be interesting to see if he fills in at centre back on occasions next season. However, as it stands and for say Daniel Farke goes with a 4-2-3-1 formation then Skipp will be competing with the likes of Tom Trybull, Alexander Tettey, Kenny McLean, Morirtz Leitner and Mario Vrancic for a place in the Norwich midfield. However, this in my opinion a great club for Skipp to develop his game further and also get regular game time. I look forward to following the young Tottenham mans progress and I shall be reporting on his games when I can.