‘Pedestrian’: Tottenham told 22-year-old is too dull for Ange Postecoglou’s system

Craig Burley has suggested that Oliver Skipp is too dull for Ange Postecoglou’s system by labelling the player as ‘pedestrian’.

Tottenham got a first real glance of their new style of play under their new coach on Sunday, when they recorded a 2-2 draw against Brentford, with Oliver Skipp starting in midfield.

James Maddison also started and made his Premier League debut for the club, but former Scotland striker Burley thinks that the club’s summer signing will need help in the creative department and Skipp isn’t the answer, as he told ESPN.

Spurs might have conceded a number of big chances against Brentford, but from an attacking sense, it was a whole different world to what they have been previously used to.

The speed in which they moved the ball, the likes of Emerson Royal coming into midfield and the manner in which they were winning the ball back, it’s what the fans have been craving for.

But whilst that is all positive, Burley highlighted Skipp as a weak point as they move forward under Ange Postecoglou.

“Do they need a bit more creativity to help out Maddison,” asked Burley. “Yes, maybe when Bentancur is back, because Oliver Skipp is a little pedestrian.”

Skipp needs to go to the next level

The 22-year-old might be young by age, but he has been playing for Spurs since 2018 and he was even used in Champions League games by Mauricio Pochettino.

It’s not Skipp’s job to be creative, but to provide that solidity in midfield, aggression and allow others more attacking than him to thrive.

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Given time under Postecoglou, he will fair well with those around him, it’s just a case of Skipp now needing to go to the next level because it has been too stop-start for him for a number of years.