Nuno Espirito Santo has reportedly confirmed that Oliver Skipp will be part of his first-team squad at Tottenham Hotspur next season, which will surely delight Spurs fans after his superb season out on loan at Norwich City.
According to the Evening Standard, the new Spurs boss has told both Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon that they will be given opportunities to impress in the first team next season.
“Every player of the squad is in my plan, every player, every player.
“Even the Under-23s that are working with us are in my plans because this is how we build a strong group. Everybody is going to be needed.”
The Portuguese manager was hired late last month, which gives him a little over six weeks to prepare for Spurs’ opening game against Manchester City in the Premier League.
Considering no transfer business has been concluded so far by the North London club, it is perhaps no surprise that the Portuguese manager will turn towards the likes of Skipp and Sessegnon in pre-season, as a large number of Spurs’ players are still on holiday after playing at the Euros and Copa America this summer.
Spurs fans will be especially excited about Skipp, after the £9m-rated gem, who is a product of the youth academy at Spurs, was a key part of Norwich’s promotion to the top-flight last season.
The 20-year-old joined Daniel Farke’s side on loan for the season and was a regular as they won the title, featuring 45 times in the second tier and averaging a solid 6.90 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
He certainly won a lot of plaudits from Farke, who described him as the “perfect” player as a result of his performances and attitude during his time at Carrow Road. Consequently, the German manager will no doubt be disappointed if he cannot get him back on loan for the upcoming Premier League campaign.
However, Norwich’s loss is Spurs’ gain, as Skipp can provide Santo with an alternative to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in defensive-midfield after the Dane played every minute in the Premier League last season. He could also be an upgrade on Harry Winks, whose form has been less than impressive in recent seasons, failing to earn a seasonal average match rating above 6.6.
Skipp looks like he definitely has the potential to be a key player for Spurs in the future, and fans will be hoping that the 21/22 season proves to be his breakthrough with the Lilywhites after Nuno’s recent admission.
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