Keith Hackett has state that Oliver Skipp needs to find discipline in his performances to prevent him from suspension in the Premier League.
Skipp has played in all seven of Tottenham’s league games so far and played 90 minutes in five out of seven of the fixtures.
The defensive midfielder has been lined up alongside Pierre Emile Hojbjerg for the majority of his appearances this season and the two have created quite a solid partnership in the middle of the field.
The Lilywhites won their first three league games but then went on a downward spiral of three derby losses against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and Arsenal, before picking up a victory over Aston Villa just before the international break.
The 21-year-old has been on country duties with the England Under-21s and played in one of their two fixtures, in their 2-2 draw against Slovenia where his performance was rated a 7/10 by Sky Sports.
Skipp’s successful loan at Championship side Norwich would’ve helped him with getting into Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting XI in north London, but some concerns are starting to be raised as he is already only one yellow card from suspension in the league.
The Hertfordshire born player has picked up four bookings in seven games, albeit some of them seeming harsh including the card he picked up against Dean Smith’s side when he seemed to get the ball after it fell to Danny Ings.
This analysis has been spotted by Hackett, former Premier League referee, who expressed his concerns with the youngster’s suspension looming.
“Well, the referees at Premier League level also referee in the Championship,” he said when speaking to Football Insider.
“My view would be that the manager at Tottenham should get in a referee from the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Board), that might be part of the management team and discuss every caution with the player and the coach.”
Hackett went on to explain that he had done this with former Man United and Everton player, Marouane Fellaini, who picked up 55 yellow cards and three red cards in his 260 Premier League appearances.
“That’s what I did with Fellaini way back in his Everton days with David Moyes who had 10 quick yellow cards. David Moyes and I spoke about it and we both wanted to avoid yellow cards. The outcome was a positive one, generally,” he added.
“That’s what Tottenham should do. He’s 21, in football terms, he’s mature. One assumes, needs to develop his skillset and stay in control, I suppose.”
During the summer, Belgian international Fellaini spoke about the disciplinary troubles at Everton in an interview with the club, and said that it was just a matter of improving with time and experience.
“They [the referees] picked me out. After a few months we had a meeting because I’d picked up a lot of yellow cards,” he said.
“Every year I improved on this. It’s part of the game. With time and experience you control that.”
The former Manchester United star’s point could be the same in Skipp’s case, and the youngster may need more experience in the top flight to control his bookings.
Fellow young teammate Japhet Tanganga picked up a red card in Spurs’ 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace after two quick bookings, highlighting it may not just be the midfielder who needs to find some more discipline.
Therefore, Hackett’s idea of bringing someone in from the PGMOL could be something the north London club consider if these cards become a problem.
Source by Football London