It’s hard not to be impressed when you look at the transfer business Norwich City did this summer and the loan signing of Tottenham’s Oliver Skipp is certainly one of the reasons why.
After all, the 20-year-old midfielder is not just a regular in England’s age-group sides but already has 23 Spurs appearances under his belt – including featuring against the likes of Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
He was limited to just 70 minutes of league football last season, however, and so the decision to send him on loan to the Canaries for 2020/21 campaign made a huge amount of sense for the north London club.
Regular first-team football is what both Skipp, and his parent club, will have been hoping for and, so far, that’s exactly what the Englishman has got.
Daniel Farke has started the Spurs man in all eight of Norwich’s Championship games this season and his faith has been rewarded, with the 20-year-old helping them make a solid start to life back in the second tier.
Farke has set the 7th-place Canaries up in a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-1-4-1 this season with Skipp in defensive midfield in both formations.
His industrious defensive work has been impressive through the first eight games of the season, with the midfielder among the top five players in the squad in terms of average tackles per game (1.9), interceptions per game (1), and blocks per game (0.8) (Whoscored).
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As expected, the Canaries have dominated possession in many of their games so far, averaging 59.5% across the season so far, and ensuring Skipp has experience in a side that has lots of the ball will likely have been one of the reasons they decided that Carrow Road was the right place to send him.
The Spurs man has certainly seen lots of the ball for Norwich, averaging 57.1 passes per game at a success rate of 89.1% – the third highest in the squad (Whoscored).
One area where the 20-year-old may be looking to improve is his contribution in the final third – having not yet added a goal or an assist and averaged just 0.8 key passes per game.
Skipp’s quietly made a very promising start to life in the Championship and certainly looks at home in the division but you feel both Norwich and Spurs will be hoping he can move up a gear as the season wears on.