Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp is keen to leave the club on loan this month, according to the Athletic.

Skipp emerged as first-team prospect under Mauricio Pochettino, who gave the teenager minutes here and there towards the end of his five-and-a-half year reign. But Pochettino gave Skipp just 12 minutes of Premier League game time this season, and Jose Mourinho is yet to give him a chance in the top-flight despite a number of midfield injuries.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who is usually very reliable when it comes to transfers, claims Skipp would like to leave on loan by the end of January. There is said to be interest in the 19-year-old from Turkey, Holland and Germany.

A number of young English players have found success in Germany in recent years, whether moving to the Bundesliga on loan or permanently. But Ornstein believes Skipp would prefer to move to an English club to avoid the ‘cultural adaptation’ process, which makes plenty of sense.

Skipp is certainly good enough to play regularly in the Championship, but his age and lack of experience might put off sides in the second tier. With that in mind, a move to League One might end up happening.



  1. Good player, Skipp. Poch did not use the guy (or any other capable youngster without senior team experience) as often as he could. (And in truth the fans preferred it that way whilst the likes of Leicester can play a non 1st team XI in cup games). This “fear” breeds stagnation, perpetuates the myth that only known star players can win games. Er…. No!

    Ultimately the English “top” teams (what a horrible expression that is) buys the capablle youngsters from other clubs. Meanwhile Bundesliga teams shovels up PL non-playing youngsters and make them a success in their senior teams. Foolish


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