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Why Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp may be needed against Manchester City

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Why Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp may be needed against Manchester City

Tottenham travel to Manchester City on Wednesday night for possibly the biggest game of their season so far.

Spurs will play at the Etihad Stadium in the second leg of a Champions League quarter-final, which they currently lead 1-0 on aggregate courtesy of Heung-Min Son’s strike in the first meeting.

But Mauricio Pochettino’s side have had some confirmed (official website) injury setbacks ahead of the European showdown with their English rivals.

Most notably midfield pair Eric Dier (hip) and Harry Winks (groin) leave Spurs short of options in the centre of the park, while star striker Harry Kane (ankle) and defender Serge Aurier (hamstring) are also sidelined.

With the central midfield area looking quite light, it surely opens the door for Oliver Skipp to possibly make a Champions League debut.

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Spurs are going to need to do their fair share of defending away at a rampant Manchester City, which is why a pairing of Harry Winks and Victor Wanyama in front of the defence could be used.

 

But Wanyama completed 90 minutes for just the third time this season at the weekend in the win over Huddersfield Town, while Winks missed the game through injury.

Pochettino is facing a real headache going into his midweek showdown and academy graduate Skipp surely has to be in his thinking.

The 18-year-old seems the next most likely option to play in the defensive midfield role and he may be needed with a late cameo against Manchester City if his senior teammates grow tired.

He’s played 11 first-team games for Spurs and been around the senior set-up under Pochettino, but is yet to make his first European bow.

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