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Has door opened at Tottenham for midfielder Oliver Skipp?

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Has door opened at Tottenham for midfielder Oliver Skipp?

Tottenham have 11 fixtures across all competitions still remaining in 2018 and will be without mainstay midfielder Mousa Dembele for them due to an ankle injury.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to be forced into squad rotation due to the volume of games, which starts at the weekend with a home fixture against Chelsea in the Premier League.

The North London club may be a little light in the centre of the park, so will academy graduate Oliver Skipp get a senior opportunity to impress?

Skipp made his first-team debut off the bench against West Ham in the Carabao Cup in October and is being tipped to be the next big prospect out of the academy.

The 18-year-old was heavily involved in the North London club’s pre-season tour, but has been a rarely-seen figure so far this campaign.

 

He is a promising central midfielder that could benefit from Dembele’s absence by competing for a first-team spot alongside the likes of Eric Dier, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.

Skipp is a pass master that is excellent in possession, but can also play a defensive role in front of the back four.

He certainly looks mature enough to make the step up and it will be intriguing to see if Pochettino turns to him during a hectic fixture list at some point.

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