Tottenham Hotspur advanced into the next round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as they defeated Nuno Santo’s former club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, on penalties and they’ll be looking to carry that momentum into this weekend’s all-important north London derby.
The Lilywhites’ form in the Premier League has slipped in recent weeks, losing back-to-back matches 3-0, having opened the campaign with three straight 1-0 victories.
Their performance at Molineux was certainly a mixed bag, so it leaves the Portuguese head coach with plenty to ponder heading into Sunday’s crunch match against Arsenal.
One of the standout stars from the midweek encounter was Oliver Skipp, who made a big statement on his return to the starting XI.
The young 21-year-old academy graduate had started their opening four Premier League matches before being axed for the Chelsea game, and he certainly reacted well as he was arguably one of Spurs’ best players on the pitch up in the Midlands.
He is now surely in line to take his place back in the starting lineup.
Skipp was earning rave reviews from the local press throughout the match – The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare tweeted: “Skipp’s having a really strong game. Bossing it in CM, winning tackles and driving #THFC forward with the ball,” whilst football.london’s Alasdair Gold echoed such sentiments.
“Another big tackle from Skipp on Traore. The young midfielder has played well so far,” he claimed.
The England U21 international earned a 7.0 rating on SofaScore for his display, which saw him record two tackles, one interception, one dribble and one key passes, so it was a pretty rounded outing from the young Hotspur Way gem.
Skipp is widely touted to be a future captain of Spurs and whilst he’s still raw and has to get to grips with the level of the Premier League, he’s certainly doing himself no harm with performances like that on Wednesday night.
With the likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Giovani Lo Celso also vying for a place alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Nuno is left with one major decision to make on Skipp ahead of their clash with Arsenal this weekend.