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Oliver Skipp’s time at Tottenham Hotspur has surely come.
The 19-year-old has long appeared on the verge of a breakthrough at Spurs and has actually made 15 senior appearances for the club.
However, this season he has struggled for game time, playing just two minutes in the opening two games of the campaign and he has not been seen since in the Premier League.
While he has been on the bench a further four times, he was not even included in the squad for the games against Watford and Liverpool.
It has been a similar story in the Champions League, as he is yet to make the bench, though he did play 78 minutes in the embarrassing Carabao Cup penalty defeat to Colchester United.
One feels, though, that now would be a good time to inject some youthful enthusiasm into the starting line-up.
Spurs have won just three games all season in the top-flight and are continuing to play the likes of Christian Eriksen and Danny Rose, who were closing in on exits from the club in the summer transfer window.
Bringing through the youth at this stage, then, makes all the sense in the world, as it would fire something of a rocket through the first-team squad, and Skipp would be well-placed to take advantage of the opportunity.
He has already started for the club on two occasions in the Premier League and is perhaps further along in his development than both Troy Parrott and Japhet Tanganga, who have made just two league appearances between them.
Even utilising him off the bench so that the likes of Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko can stay fresh would go a long way to furthering his development.
Otherwise, one has to feel that Skipp is never going to be able to play his way into the manager’s plans, if he can’t do so while more senior players are struggling for form.
At the same tie, if he is not given a chance to grab the brass ring, how will he become a first-team player in north London?
Now is the time for him to be promoted permanently and really brought into first-team affairs.