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Oliver Skipp’s first team role highlights Tottenham’s biggest weakness

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Oliver Skipp’s first team role highlights Tottenham’s biggest weakness

Following a summer with no new transfer arrivals, an injury crisis is forcing Mauricio Pochettino to look for alternatives to fill his 18 man match day squad with Oliver Skipp the latest player to make the grade.

A serious knee injury to Luke Amos looks to have ruled him out for the season only two months after he made his Premier League debut against Newcastle United on the opening day.

Taking his place has been Skipp, the 18-year-old central midfielder who featured alongside Amos regularly during Champions Cup fixtures in pre-season.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 31: Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on August 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Usually playing in a deeper role and even being used as a central defender at times when needed, Skipp offers a different option entirely to what Pochettino’s alternatives can give him.

 

Yet, it still provides a weakness to the Tottenham squad. Despite Skipp’s impressive record of rapidly rising through the ranks and impressing his coaches, he lacks the quality that the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City have in depth.

Pochettino and his superior’s decision not to sign another midfielder in the summer now looks foolish, but it has opened a door of opportunity to this England youth international.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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