Norwich City are said to have already opened dialogue with Tottenham Hotspur over potentially signing Oliver Skipp on loan again next season, with Football Insider reporting that the Canaries are keen to keep hold of a player who has been key to their promotion bid this season.
A tidy operator in midfield, Skipp has become a regular starter under Daniel Farke at Carrow Road since arriving in August last year and as a result the Championship leaders would love to extend his stay.
However the report goes on to state that Spurs are more keen to keep hold of their young prospect as they eye up giving the 20-year-old more opportunites at first team level in the next campaign.
It is said that the Premier League side view him as the ideal candidate to partner Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the heart of their midfield, however Norwich are expected to continue their pursuit of their loan star.
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Here, we take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser for Norwich if they do manage to take Skipp on loan again…
One of the definite winners of this deal being concluded would be McLean, with the Scotsman having struck up a superb partnership in the middle of the park with Skipp this term.
As more of a box to box player, the 29-year-old has more of a licence to stride forward and join in with attacking moves, with the Tottenham youngster holding his position in a deeper role.
The capabilities of Skipp to play as a deep-lying midfielder have in turn allowed McLean to get the best out of himself in an offensive sense, only adding to what is an already strong Norwich attack going forwards.
Keeping the two players together could well stand the team in good stead for their expected return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The German has had to watch from the bench on many occasions this term due to the emergence of Skipp and McLean as Farke’s first choice partnership in midfield and would surely be the main loser if this deal was struck.
He has only 15 starts to his name this term in the league and is sure to be keen to be afforded far more regular minutes as he enters his early thirties.
His versatility may be his saving grace in a Norwich shirt, however if he wants to be starting regularly in his best position of central midfield, he will have to face up the reality of having to dislodge one of aforementioned duo.
At this stage of his career he needs to be playing regularly and if Skipp returns for another campaign, his chances of doing just that will decrease ten fold.