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Bollocks, I was ready to watch this but ended up forgetting about it until just now. Would someone be kind enough to tell me how it went? I see the score was 3-0, how did we play? Any youngsters look good?
Much appreciated, thank you.Does Skipp count? He looked great.
Scarlett had a goal disallowed for offside (just barely) that was a great one-time shot off a nice long pass from Lucas.
CCV and Japhet looked solid defensively, though the competition didn't push them much.
Dele and Winks were below average, despite Dele's goal.
It will be a crime if we dont use Skipp as much as possible this year.
Great to see Skipp back in a Spurs shirt. He plays it simple when he should, and plays it forward when it's on. He looks unflustered/unrushed but is still alert to opportunities and to danger. His decision making is very good, especially for one so young.
Today was his first game back from a significant injury but he still showed his class, playing like someone much more experienced. He doesn't do much that's spectacular (although that cross field pass was tasty), but he finds the right solutions. I suspect it was no coincidence that we lost a bit of control second half when he went off (Dier and Son were the others who were subbed at half time).
I'm even more convinced he's ready for the prem after today: he can play with Hojbjerg easily I think.
It will be a crime if we dont use Skipp as much as possible this year. Last year's player of the season (who played every game for the winners) in the Championship, home grown, in a position we are crying out for some ability. I thought he was a cut above before he went to Norwich - but that loan has made him an even better player, working under an excellent manager in Farke who trusted a loanee to be the engine room of his side
Skipp today was playing more as an 8 (with Winks playing as 6). On that basis I think Skipp could play alongside Hojbjerg as well as rotating with him.
Nice position to have.
I do wonder whether we could sell both Sissoko and Winks this TW, bringing in say Sabitzer (rumours seem to have died down a bit on him) so that our central midfield options (Dele I assume is a forward) become :
Ndombele, Sabitzer, Hojbjerg
Lo Celso, Skipp
Rather than trying to over play some players (as happened to Hojbjerg last season) I think those players could rotate so we always had decent quality available in all matches.
And added to that I wiuld suggest both Nile John and Alfie Devine are too young to loan out so could get minutes alongside more exoperience players in a limited number of matches - say 10 appearances each mainly off bench
That would get me thinking we have solved our weak CM area. But that might depend on whether Ndombele plays to his preacquisition standards and/or if Lo Celso stays fit, offset by the promise of John and Devine.
If short of cash we retain Winks, don't buy Sabitzer - and I winder if the likes of Nile John is old enough to stake a bigger claim by playing in more games.