During an interview with the Kelly and Wright Show, Tim Sherwood has claimed that he doesn’t believe that Jose Mourinho feels that Oliver Skipp is good enough to become a first-team regular for Tottenham.
“Jose Mourinho has gone in there [and said] Troy Parrott’s not good enough, Walker-Peters is not good enough, Oliver Skipp, not only not good enough, he gets rid of them. He gets them away from the football club,” claimed Sherwood.
“So, all of a sudden, now he has got a shadow of the squad and what he says to Daniel Levy, which is the biggest art in any management, is to get the owner to spend money.
“When he first went in there, Jose Mourinho, they asked him ‘do you need any players?’ He said ‘no, I am happy with the squad’. What a wonderful squad, from the outside. He goes in there, after the inks dry, and he goes to Daniel Levy ‘these are not good enough, we need this one, that one and go get me them’. And Daniel has backed him.”
Skipp was given his first Tottenham appearances in 2015 by Mauricio Pochettino. Since then, he has gone on to make 15 Premier League appearances for the club. But, he has struggled to become a consistent fixture in the first-team.
He was sent on a season-long loan deal to Norwich City before the start of the season, which indicates that he is not in Mourinho’s immediate plans for the future.
Skipp has been a constant in the high-flying Canaries team this season, as they sit top of the Championship table.
Based on Skipp’s form in the second-tier, it would be unwise for Spurs not to consider re-integrating him back into the first-team ahead of next term.
The Championship is not an easy league to play in due to its physical demands, and Skipp is likely to get better in the coming years as he is still just 20.