Could Oliver Skipp benefit from Spurs' Victor Wanyama decision?

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur speaks to the media during the Tottenham Hotspur press conference at San Siro Stadium on September 17, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly decided that they are willing to listen to offers for Victor Wanyama.

Victor Wanyama of Tottenham during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Watford at Stadium mk on September 26, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England.

It was reported by The Sun this week that Spurs are willing to listen to offers for Victor Wanyama, while they are also looking at offloading Mousa Dembele as his contract runs down.

With Mauricio Pochettino seemingly willing to let the pair leave in the coming months, it would appear that Tottenham are soon hoping to complete a major overhaul of their midfield options.


But after such an underwhelming summer, fans would be forgiven for fearing whether that will go to plan.

To replace Wanyama and Dembele will be an incredibly tough task, and Pochettino may have to make the most of the options already at the club while they adjust to life without the pair. 

Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League 2 match between Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion at The Lamex Stadium on August 24, 2018 in Stevenage, England.

So could Wanyama moving on prove to provide the opportunity that Oliver Skipp needs as he awaits his chance in the Spurs first-team?

There is a lot of buzz around Skipp and it appears to be a matter of time before the 17-year-old gets the chance to make his debut for Pochettino's men with the youngster making the bench for the games against Barcelona and Cardiff City before the international break.

Oliver Skipp #52 of Tottenham Hotspur protects the ball against Oscar Mingueza #23 of FC Barcelona during an  International Champions Cup match at the Rose Bowl on July 28, 2018 in...

Skipp is a versatile midfielder who seems to be comfortable playing in either a holding or attacking role in the middle of the park. But with Dembele seemingly on his way and question marks now lingering over Wanyama's situation, perhaps his future lies in a slightly deeper role.

Letting Dembele and Wanyama both go within a short space of time would appear to be a major gamble, especially if Pochettino intends to promote a 17-year-old after their departures. But the promise that Skipp is showing just hints that he may not be as far away from being ready as some may expect. 

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