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Tottenham Hotspur: Alasdair Gold claims Oliver Skipp could return for Villa clash

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Tottenham Hotspur journalist Alasdair Gold thinks that midfielder Oliver Skipp will return to the starting line-up for the club this Sunday against Aston Villa.

Following an impressive loan spell at Championship side Norwich City last year, in which he was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year for his efforts in helping the Canaries get promoted, the 21-year-old found himself as part of the Spurs side to start the season, starting their first four league games.

He has found himself out of the side in the past two weeks though in the league, starting as a substitute in their games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

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But speaking to Aston Villa-themed podcast Claret and Blue ahead of their game this weekend, Gold believed that Skipp would make his way back into the side, noting that he felt the club missed something without him in the side recently:

“Last night and in the second half against Arsenal a couple of players kind of made their claim, Oliver Skipp in particular, another England U21 international.

“He’s probably been one of Spurs’ best players, but for some reason was dropped from the starting line-up for the north London Derby and Spurs just didn’t have that bite, they didn’t have that kind of guy in the middle who knows what a derby is about, so I imagine he’ll come back in.”

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Skipp has certainly proved himself to be a useful asset to Spurs so far this season, ranking in the top five for tackles and passes per game with 2.2 and 38.7 respectively, as well as ranking 2nd in pass completion percentage at 89.2% (all stats via WhoScored).

And if Tottenham are to snap out of their recent slump that they’ve had in the league, losing three games on the spin whilst conceding nine goals, then they certainly could do with that ‘bite’ in midfield that Gold talks about in order to keep a Villa attack that currently ranks 7th in the league in terms of goals scored at bay.

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