Oliver Skipp and Troy Parrott are two of the brightest young stars to come out of Spurs’ academy in the past year or so, along with Japhet Tanganga. But while Tanganga seems to have cemented a spot in Spurs’ first team, the same can’t yet be said about Skippy and Parrott.
That leads to the question of what to do with them in the meantime until they’re ready to take the step up to Premier League football. According to Dan Kilpatrick at the Evening Standard, Spurs are already considering that question, and are working on potentially sending both of them out on loan for the 2020-21 season.
Tottenham is apparently in talks with Fulham about a loan for Skipp, and it’d be a pretty good choice. Not only is it likely that he’d get minutes at Craven Cottage next season at his preferred position of defensive midfield, but Skipp would also reunite with fellow Spurs academy graduates Josh Onomah, who’s having an extremely solid year with the Cottagers, and Jordan Archer, who left Spurs in 2015. Fulham is also managed by another former Tottenham player in Scott Parker, who also coached Skippy while he was working with the youth teams as a coach at Spurs.
Fulham are currently trying to achieve promotion to the Premier League and lead Cardiff 2-0 after the first leg in the semifinals. Kilpatrick suggests that if Fulham do promote than a loan for Skipp would be less likely because they’d then be looking at a different class of player that could help them in the top flight. But if they stay down, Skipp would be a solid addition to a Championship-caliber team that would try and push again for promotion next year. Skipp is also drawing interest from Reading, Nottingham Forest, and Premier League sides Burnley and Southampton.
Parrott, meanwhile, is rumored to be considering a loan to fellow Championship club Millwall, who just missed the promotion playoffs this season but had a pretty good year themselves. Millwall isn’t my favorite club by any means, but they’re a London club and getting minutes in a solid league like the Championship would also be good for him. I mean, it worked for Harry Kane.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but I wouldn’t hate either of these moves. One of the things that frustrated me about
Jose Mourinho Mauricio Pochettino was his approach (or lack of) towards loans. Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to have that same approach, and sending our promising young players out on loan feels like exactly the right thing to do.