Analysis of the potential extension of the Norwich Skipp loan
Reports that Norwich City have already contacted Tottenham Hotspur to extend Oliver Skipp’s loan should come as no surprise.
The 20-year-old has established himself as a key protagonist in City’s march to the top of the league as they continue their efforts for an instant return to the Premier League.
When Canaries’ sporting director Stuart Webber, head coach Daniel Farke and the scouting team sat down to plan their next move after seeing their high profile campaign whirl around last summer, they came to the conclusion that the current team needed an injection of energy in the midfield.
After being impressed with his performance in the FA Cup draw which saw City defeat Jose Mourinho’s Spurs on penalties before the crowd disappeared and lockdown was a common term, then in a friendly at behind closed doors before the project restarted, Norwich dove in to take Skipp on loan.
Webber’s close relationship with Spurs hiring manager Steve Hitchen helped with the initial approach, but even then Skipp wanted to conduct a body of research before committing to the loan.
Overall, he’s spent two months wondering if he should join City, and the race will start soon as spirits turn to next season.
Football Insider reports that the Canaries have taken a new approach from the Premier League club designed to lay the groundwork for a possible overtime if City get a promotion this season.
City are keen to extend Skipp’s loan, but don’t wait for clarity from Spurs until the end of the season.
There are still many variables involved in any potential deal.
Mourinho’s future as boss in north London is uncertain given their struggles in recent weeks. The Spurs coach is looking for a midfielder partner to accompany Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but the former Chelsea and Manchester United coach is generally looking for solutions in the transfer market.
Skipp is involved in City’s promotion campaign and Farke will be keen to keep people’s minds focused, but attention will undoubtedly have turned to next season.
Farke has previously stressed that a permanent transfer would be “impossible” for City due to their lack of financial strength, and downplayed reports of last month’s talks.
If City finishes the job, then time will be running out. Spurs might decide to take a closer look at Skipp before making a decision on next season, that’s time the Canaries could use to sign other targets.
There is a sticky situation for them if this process is interrupted, are they waiting for a decision or do they look elsewhere? The upside being that Skipp is a player who wouldn’t need a break-in period to the same extent.
For Spurs, City’s promotion creates a new challenge for the 20-year-old which ensures that the step in the first team at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is reduced.
One thing is certain, Norwich would like him to come back. Now it’s Spurs’ turn.