By Alex McLeish

6th Oct, 2021 | 9:00pm

Skipp is forcing 'great' Tottenham player loved by 'everyone' out of the club - ex-manager

Alex McLeish has suggested Harry Winks may quit Tottenham next year due to the emergence of Oliver Skipp.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager admitted the 24-year-old has been usurped by his 21-year-old teammate.

As reported by the Times (6th October), Winks is keen to leave Tottenham on loan in January after a lack of game time this season.

The homegrown midfielder reportedly did not push to leave Spurs in summer despite the club being open to offers.

However, he has made just two league appearances totalling 61 minutes this term.

In contrast, Skipp, who spent last season at Norwich City, has started five times in seven top-flight outings.

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McLeish admitted the youngster’s rise had pushed Winks down the Spurs pecking order.

He suggested the England international may feel it is time to leave Tottenham.

Talking about Skipp’s emergence, McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Harry Winks was the one in my head when you mentioned Skipp.

“When he (Winks) came through, he looked to all intents and purposes the real deal, didn’t he? A really good player. I still believe there’s a great player in there.

“Harry probably now feels if the new manager is not going to give me the chance again, and the last manager, it was the same, I need to go and get myself a new club.

“Harry came through and we all loved his freshness, his energy, his enthusiasm when he first came into the team.

“All of a sudden he’s deemed not good enough. This is why I’m bracketing the young boy Skipp to Harry. It’ll be interesting to see how he develops.”

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