Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a move for Sander Berge, according to French outlet Jeunesfooteux, and this should come as a major warning to emerging youth sensation Oliver Skipp.
The 20-year-old has been thriving in a loan spell at Championship table-toppers Norwich City, where he has started every single match for Daniel Farke’s side this season.
His form and continual eye-catching displays have led to calls from the Spurs faithful to see him unleashed among Jose Mourinho’s first-team set-up next season.
And according to the ever-reliable Alasdair Gold at football.london, the Portuguese boss has been very impressed with him, so much so that there were discussions over bringing him back during the January transfer window.
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He goes onto claim that Skipp will be a “huge player” for Spurs for years to come.
Skipp ranks seventh in this Canaries outfit for average WhoScored rating for the campaign (6.88) but you’d imagine that if he was more of a ‘flashy’ type of player that this would be far closer to Emi Buendia (7.73) at the top of the charts.
Simply put, the young Spurs dynamo does the simple and dirty work, but he does it so effectively. As per WhoScored, he has averaged two tackles (second-highest in squad) and one interception per game, as well as managing a passing accuracy of 87.2%.
As you can see by that alone, Skipp has a very good skill set in being able to read the game perfectly and that’ll please Mourinho. However, any move for Berge would put his hopes of making the starting XI next season in jeopardy.
The £34m-rated Norweigan is a pretty impressive box-to-box midfielder and perhaps has been one of Sheffield United’s only bright sparks this season. As we outlined in this article earlier this week, he could be the perfect partner to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Berge’s 1.2 tackles and 1.,5 dribbles per Premier League outing this season, via WhoScored, only show his influence at either end of the pitch, and this is something lacking the more defensively-minded Skipp, having only averaged 0.6 dribbles per game.
The U23 star would have a hard time breaking into the team should another option join the club this summer, especially one that offers something vastly different.
In reality, Skipp could be the long-term heir to Hojbjerg, rather than playing alongside him given their similarities.
Chris Wilder waxed lyrical about Berge’s ability to VG earlier this season, where he described him as a “unique” and “complete” midfielder who is capable of playing both no.6 and no.8 – emphasising that box-to-box stature.
The 6 foot 5 beast would surely be a big blow towards Skipp’s progression into the first-team set-up whichever way you look at it – whether that’s a good thing for the future of Spurs or not, remains to be seen.
If there’s any truth to Daniel Levy bringing the Blades star to the club, then the young Spurs prospect may want to consider another stint away from north London.
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