Standard: Tottenham in talks to loan Oliver Skipp and Troy Parrott next season
Oliver Skipp and Troy Parrott are two of the brightest young stars to come out of Spurs academy in the past year, along with Japhet Tanganga. But while Tanganga appears to have carved out a place for himself in Spurs’ first team, the same cannot be said for Skippy and Parrott yet.
This leads to the question of what to do with them in the meantime until they are ready to move on to Premier League football. According to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, Spurs are already thinking about this and are working to potentially send them both on loan for the 2020-21 season.
Tottenham are apparently in talks with Fulham over a Skipp loan, and that would be a very good choice. Not only is it likely that he would get minutes at Craven Cottage next season as his favorite defensive midfielder, but Skipp would also reunite with fellow Spurs academy graduate Josh Onomah, who has an extremely solid year with the Cottagers, and Jordan Archer, who left Spurs in 2015. Fulham is also managed by another former Tottenham player, Scott Parker, who also coached Skippy while working with the youth teams as a coach of the Spurs.
Fulham is currently trying to get promotion to the Premier League and lead Cardiff 2-0 after the first leg in the semi-final. Kilpatrick suggests that if Fulham does the promotion, a loan for Skipp would be less probably because they would then turn to a different class of players who could help them in the top flight. But if they stay on the ground, Skipp would be a solid addition to a championship-caliber team that would try to push again for promotion next year. Skipp is also attracting interest from Reading, Nottingham Forest and Premier League sides Burnley and Southampton.
Parrott, meanwhile, is reportedly considering a loan to his other Championship club, Millwall, who have just missed the promotion playoffs this season but have had a fairly good year himself. Millwall is by no means my favorite club, but he’s a London club and getting minutes in a solid league like the Championship would be good for him as well. I mean, it worked for Harry kane.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but I wouldn’t hate any of these moves. One of the things that frustrated me
Jose mourinho Mauricio Pochettino was his approach (or lack thereof) to loans. Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to have the same approach, and sending our promising young players on loan seems like exactly the right thing to do.