Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp’s return from injury before the north London derby clash with Arsenal could be a ‘big help’, according to club insider John Wenham.
The Lowdown: Skipp back in action
The 22-year-old is yet to feature in the Premier League this season after being absent through injury, coming as a blow for Antonio Conte.
Thankfully, Skipp made his comeback for England’s under-21s last weekend, starting for the Young Lions in their 2-0 win over Italy.
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With Saturday’s mouthwatering clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium edging closer all the time, it looks as though the youngster will be likely to feature in the matchday squad now that he is back playing.
The Latest: Wenham delighted with Skipp return
Speaking to Football Insider, Wenham reacted positively to the news, describing Skipp’s return as ‘perfect timing’ for Tottenham.
He said of the 22-year-old:
“I want him to play all of the England Under-21s games. He looked great in the training kit the other day, great to see him back on grass. For Skipp, it is all about game time at the moment.
“I expect Skipp, when he is let back into the side, won’t let Conte down. It will then be difficult to remove him from that side. It has been a long time since we have seen him now and him coming back right now is perfect timing, it’s a big help to the midfield.
“We have this run of games in October, it’s three games a week and we need a full squad to get through that without any concerns.”
The Verdict: Important for squad depth
Skipp may not be the first name on Spurs’ team sheet but he has become a hugely valuable squad player, once being described as ‘perfect‘ by former Norwich City manager Daniel Farke, who managed him during a loan spell at Carrow Road.
With a match average of 1.8 tackles per game putting him in the squad’s top five for 2021/22, the observation about him being a player who doesn’t let his manager down is a fair one.
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The 22-year-old is unlikely to start at the Emirates, given his lack of match fitness and the ferocious nature of the match against Spurs’ arch-rivals and the current league leaders, but a substitute’s role certainly isn’t out of the question.
Skipp has prior experience of this fixture and won’t be daunted by being thrown back into the fray, so it will be interesting to see if Conte uses him for Spurs’ biggest match of 2022/23 so far.