A report from Football London claim that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp has a ‘very good chance’ of starting against Manchester City. The England Under-21 star has sparkled for Spurs during pre-season. With Nuno Espirito Santo deciding to keep him, he could start on Sunday.
Skipp, 20, joined Norwich during 2020-21 on loan after only clocking up 23 senior appearances for Tottenham beforehand. The midfielder played all-but-one of Norwich’s 46 Championship fixtures last season – helping them return to the Premier League at the first attempt.
There was speculation over whether Skipp would remain at Tottenham for the 21-22 campaign. But under Nuno, he has been first choice in midfield during pre-season. Now, Football London say Skipp has a ‘very good chance’ of starting against Manchester City, having bulked up recently.
“Skipp, who has bulked up in his year away to help him cope with regular first-team football, looks destined to play a big role in Nuno’s XI,” Alasdair Gold writes. “His form in pre-season has demonstrated that he is ready for a starting role. There’s a very good chance that he will start against Man City.”
Well, who else do Tottenham have? It looks as if Nuno will use a 4-2-3-1 system. Two holding midfielders, with a fluid front four that swap positions. Going off pre-season and without Harry Kane – Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn either side of Dele Alli, behind Son Heung-min.
All four are fluid, much like Adama Traore, Daniel Podence, Pedro Neto and others were at Wolves. It has worked well. But in midfield, who is there to partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg? Moussa Sissoko is plummeting down the pecking order and Fenerbahce are the latest club to be linked with him.
Harry Winks has been in and out during pre-season. Gio Lo Celso has only just returned from Copa America and Tanguy Ndombele was not even involved against Arsenal – despite not having an injury. Skipp is in form, will have confidence after pre-season – and has got to start.