By Joe Ellis

20th Apr, 2022 | 5:27pm

Tottenham Hotspur: Midfield ace Oliver Skipp pens new five-year deal

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp has today (20 April) signed a new five-year deal to remain at the football club until 2027.

The 21-year-old has wormed his way into Antonio Conte’s favoured starting lineup alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg which has seen Spurs pick up form in their dramatic race for Champions League football this season.

Skipp has played 28 games this season under both Conte and previous manager Nuno Espirito Santo but is yet to find the net for the club as he focuses more on the defensive aspect of his game.

The lack of goals coming from Spurs’ midfield might also be a reason as to why Leicester City ace Youri Tielemans has been linked with a move to the capital today to potentially play alongside Skipp in the centre of the park [The Sun].

Tottenham are also confident of turning the loan deal for Swedish international Dejan Kulusevski into a permanent move, according to the Telegraph.

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Skipp will never be the flashiest player in the Tottenham side but given the role he is often asked to do, flamboyance is the last thing he should be focussing on.

He is very good at being the cleanup crew to any broken down attack his side has and with every game, he plays at the highest level, he looks more and more accomplished in doing that role.

That is exactly what Conte likes to do with his midfield anyway with the majority of attacking impetus coming from the front three and marauding wing-backs.

Whether he is hoping to change that with the potential signing of Tielemans is another topic entirely but if the Belgian does come in, Skipp has to be his partner over Hojbjerg.

The potential the England Under-21 international possesses should outweigh the minuet ability advantage Hojbjerg currently possesses and the manager needs to see beyond the immediate future and look long term to get the very best out of Skipp at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In other Tottenham news, Troy Parrott has already proved that he’s ready for the step up to replace Harry Kane.