After a brilliant loan spell at Norwich City, the case for Oliver Skipp cracking Tottenham’s first team is strengthening.
The 20-year-old enjoyed a breakout season in the Championship last year, helping Norwich gain promotion into the Premier League. The Norfolk side probably wouldn’t be part of England’s top flight this season without the vast contribution from Tottenham’s young Englishman.
Skipp started 44 of Norwich’s 46 league matches last season, only being left out of their final match when promotion was already in the bag. The fact that Skipp was able to avoid injury and play unrelentingly in such a physically demanding and competitive league is a feat in itself.
He exceeded all expectations in the heart of Norwich’s midfield. A quintessential defensive midfielder, Skipp is assured in possession and protects the backline doggedly, with a tenacious and tireless work rate. For his impressionable age, he is astoundingly mature and reliable.
Thanks to Skipp’s relentless pursuit of the opposition’s creative assets, Norwich enjoyed the second best defensive record in the Championship. They conceded 36 goals in 46 matches, a defensive record only bettered by Watford, who allowed just 30 goals.
Skipp returned to Hotspur Way and is taking part in pre-season training. Nuno, who is an ardent supporter of providing youth an opportunity to shine, won’t be afraid to give Skipp a chance in the first team. If Skipp impresses in training like he did for Norwich, a spot in the starting team might not be far off.