Opinion: Tottenham man joining London rivals for 2020-21 makes perfect sense

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Olivier Skipp is wanted by Fulham on a loan deal for 2020-21, according to The Guardian – in a deal that makes perfect sense for all parties.

The 19-year-old is highly rated at Spurs and has been given cameo roles in the Lilywhites first team over the last 12 months.

However, for Skipp to develop and become a Premier League player, he needs regularly senior football.

It remains to be seen whether Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will provide this to the teenager, with the Lilywhites manager not exactly renowned for placing his trust in young players.

With Spurs having plenty of other senior stars in the boiler room and the potential for a central midfielder to be bought this summer, sending Skipp to Fulham for the upcoming campaign would be a shrewd move.

Cottagers boss Scott Parker knows the Tottenham youngster well from his time with the club, while the teenager is likely to get plenty of Premier League opportunities for the newly promoted side.

A season playing regularly for Fulham could well be a pathway for Skipp into the Spurs first-team set-up, with the young midfielder likely to return to Tottenham next summer as a more-rounded and more-experienced player.

A loan move to Craven Cottage would suit all parties – Skipp rotting away in the Spurs under-23 ranks next season would be a disservice to his considerable talent.