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Antonio Conte rejects loan move for Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp

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Tottenham Hotspur boss rejects Oliver Skipp loan prospect despite Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leeds United and Bournemouth interest

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is unlikely to let Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leeds United and Bournemouth transfer target Oliver Skipp leave the club this month on loan, as per Football.London.

All the four clubs above will provide him with a better chance of first-team minutes than Spurs, especially the ones looking to avoid relegation. Skipp did a neat job on loan at Norwich City in the past.

Perhaps teams are aware of it and want a quality midfielder to help steer their team in the right direction. Skipp has what it takes to be a regular feature in a Premier League club in the lower half of the table.

Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match against Portsmouth FC. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match against Portsmouth FC. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

He is an able passer of the ball and puts in a good shift on both ends of the pitch. Moreover, having trained at Spurs with world-class players week in, and week out would have rubbed off on him.

Smart move

He suffered a brutal training injury just before the start of the Premier League season which led to him missing out on a lot of action. Rodrigo Bentancur’s injury with Uruguay at the 2022 FIFA World Cup came as a chance for the Englishman to get some minutes.

But he has only played 68 minutes of Premier League football since the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He has managed a meagre tally of 197 league minutes this term and it isn’t a surprise that he wants to leave the club so soon.

Pape Matar Sarr is said to have been dealt with a fresh injury blow, so it is imperative that Skipp remains. Of course, Pierre-Emile Hobjerg, Bentancur, and Yves Bissouma will be Conte’s first three picks in the pecking order, but at least Skipp can hope for a more prominent role in the second half of the campaign.

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One must remember how Spurs loaned out Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, and Harry Winks last summer but not for Skipp. It must have been for a reason.

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