Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has told Football.London that there is a temptation to recall Oliver Skipp from Norwich City – but he won’t.
Spurs have high hopes for Skipp, but with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg signed over the summer, they decided a loan spell was best for him.
Norwich managed to snap up Skipp on a season-long loan deal, and Spurs were hoping that a season of Championship football would stand him in good stead for the future.
The 20-year-old has played more than 2000 minutes of Championship action this season, becoming a key part of Daniel Farke’s promotion-chasing Canaries side.
Norwich fans have been raving about Skipp all season having seen him help dictate games from a holding midfield role, which is certainly what Spurs wanted.
Some have wondered whether Spurs could recall Skipp this month off the back of his fine performances at Norwich, but the competition for places is fierce.
Hojbjerg, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko are battling for playing time, and if Winks can’t get regular starts, then Skipp is unlikely to do so right now.
Mourinho did though suggest that, selfishly, he would like Skipp back now, but claims Tottenham aren’t selfish, and believe that it’s better for him to stay at Norwich.
Mourinho noted that Skipp’s loan is great for his development, and seemingly ruled out the prospect of him playing for Spurs before next season.
“In a selfish perspective it would be good to bring him back now, but we’re not selfish,” said Mourinho. “The players are very important. The future is very important, the best thing for him is to finish the season there.”
“Very successful loan for us and also for Norwich. We’re very happy that he’s playing and he’s playing well. He’s playing to win and to win titles so he has that pressure on him too.
He’s playing two or three matches a week so there’s also a physical development. Next season he’s back, but we believe that for this season we think it’s best for him to stay at Norwich and he’s also very happy with that,” he added.