By Noel Whelan

17th Aug, 2020 | 7:30pm

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Tottenham are doing the right thing by sending Oliver Skipp out on loan to further his development at first-team level.

That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Jason Jones about the 19-year-old.

Skipp is set to move to Norwich City after Spurs accepted a loan bid for the teenager in excess of £1million.

Despite Jose Mourinho hailing the Englishman as a “future Tottenham captain“, Skipp has started just one Premier League game under the Portugese.

Asked by Football Insider now is the right time for Skipp to make a temporary move away from North London, Whelan said: “When you’ve got players like that in your club, good young prospects, you’ve got to be serious and fair.

“You know he’s going to be one for the future but right now he could benefit by going out on loan and get proper first team football.

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“You can only do so much at u23 level and once you’ve got past that stage then you’ve got get to that next level.

“That’s going out on loan, getting proper game time in proper football under your belt finding a little bit more about yourself and progressing as a player.

“The best thing to do is to send him out on loan, you’ve seen them do that with Troy Parrott as well. They’ve got to give those young players the chance to impress and improve themselves in proper game time.

“Hopefully, when they come back to Tottenham, they’ll be bigger, better and stronger and maybe that’s the time to integrate them with the first team.”

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