Oliver Skipp and Ryan Sessegnon are two young players considered the future of Tottenham Hotspur, and both are coming off of impressive loan stints this past season. Skipp, a defensive midfielder, was an integral part of Daniel Farke’s Norwich City squad that won the Championship last season, starting nearly every match and making a case as one of the top players in the second division overall. Sessegnon had an impressive campaign on loan in Germany with Hoffenheim, scoring two goals and tallying three assists in 1500 minutes as a fullback.
Heading into the offseason, there was some question as to what Spurs’ new manager, whomever that might be, would do with both Sess and Skippy, as Spurs still have a somewhat bloated squad. Farke, in particular was very keen to bring Skipp back on loan for a second season as Norwich try and avoid relegation. However, there’s a report out now from Alasdair Gold in football.london that says both players are firmly in new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo’s plans for the 2021-22 Premier League season, and neither will be going back out on loan.
Neither should expect as many minutes as they received last season, but it’s pretty exciting to get confirmation that they’re ready for a step up in competition level. Gold states that the club is open to offers for both Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, and while left back is crowded with Sergio Reguilon and Ben Davies, Sessegnon, could provide some competition for Reguilon as an attack-minded fullback. Skippy has an obviouis place as backup to or rotation for Pierre-Emilie Hojbjerg next season in central midfield.
One of the key points in Tottenham’s managerial search was to try and find someone who can develop young players at Spurs. Nuno at least seems to be open to the idea, based on this story. I hope we’ll see a lot more from Skipp and Sess next season.