Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield is quickly becoming an interesting landscape – often a three-man engine room, Jose Mourinho has plenty of options to consider.
And that dilemma is only going to ramp up tenfold come the summer if Oliver Skipp’s early-season form is anything to go by.
The 20-year-old joined Norwich City on loan during the transfer window and his performances for the Championship side have been hugely impressive and now it has transitioned onto the international stage for England’s U21 squad.
Earlier this week, the young Three Lions saw off Turkey 2-1 and Skipp enjoyed a starring role alongside his Spurs teammate Ryan Sessegnon.
Per SofaScore, the N17 academy graduate made 44 passes at an accuracy rate of 90% and also recorded two tackles, two interceptions, two clearances and four successful dribbles. He even won 70% of his duels.
This has merely been a continuation of his red-hot form for the Canaries – he ranks fourth for average rating behind an equally-phenomenal Todd Cantwell and the recently-departed Ben Godfrey.
“He’s a proper midfielder, a very talented midfielder. He links the game well, always looking forward, very aggressive, his energy is amazing and he’s such a clever guy off the pitch as well as on it, that’s so important for the team. He’s a top player and a top kid and I’m sure he will have a very successful career.”
– Mauricio Pochettino on Skipp
From their opening four matches, Skipp has averaged 2.5 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, 1.3 blocks and 0.8 key passes whilst he’s proven to be rather tough to get the ball off, earning his side 2.5 free-kicks per game, via WhoScored.
His emphatic start to life in Norfolk should be a timely reminder to the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks that their positions are by no means certain in the future.
It could only be a matter of time before he’s integrated into the first-team properly, especially if this loan spell continues to put him in the limelight.
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