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Oliver Skipp

Discussion in 'Spurs News & Views' started by Spur of the moment, 1 Aug 2018.

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  1. StephenH

    StephenH Gary Stevens

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    that's what will always catch my eye when looking at a younger midfielder
    liked a lot of his game last night
     
  2. MKSpur

    MKSpur Jimmy Neighbour

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    I think the same, certainly for home games and games we’d start as favourites.

    Plus we ran Hojbjerg into the ground last season.

    Either of them on the bench would likely get a run out if we were looking to close a game out too.
     
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    glasgowspur Paul Robinson

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    With skipp, Tanganga, bryan, scarlet, parrot and the lad at metz we have the potential to have a very strong core for a good while.
    Skipp looks like he could become a perrymann or mabbutt.
    Now, if only we knew of a manager that can take a young and hungry squad and lead them to glory.
     
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  4. DubSpur

    DubSpur Steed Malbranque

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    I only know one that can almost take them to glory ;)
     
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    Bedfordspurs Mel Hopkins

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    Several times he won the ball and tried to switch play
    It wasn’t perfect
    But it was quick and would be great to see more of
     
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    Bishop Roman Pavlyuchenko

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    I don't mind that at all. I'd much rather a player tries to the pass than just passes timidly sideways a la Winks.
     
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    parklane1 Willie Hall

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    He was my MOM last night and he drove forward well on a couple of occasions. Just turned 21 and i think glasgowspur got it right about him being our Perryman.
     
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    SteveAWOL Dimitar Berbatov

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    braineclipse Jimmy Cantrell

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    Really good to see him do that well when we pressed higher and there was more space to cover. Most previous games we've kept the area around him fairly tight when defending. Not so much this time and he stepped up and showed quality he previously only has been able to show occasionally.

    Great positioning, defensive awareness, some really good tackles too. Coupled with a bit more ambition on the ball. All round a very impressive performance, particularly from a player still so young.
     
  10. metalgear

    metalgear Paul Walsh

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    Skip moves up the midfield better than Hojberg. Invites the 1-2 with others in a natural way.

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    Bedfordspurs Mel Hopkins

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    I do agree with that
    He is always available
    It’s a nice option to have
     
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    Mooresinho John Gorman

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    Also looks like he had a bit of drive to go forward in him. There was a moment when a pass wasn't on against wolves and he ran past a few players with a bit of skill.
     
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    Badger Kevin Scott

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    For all his criticisms, Mourinho knows a thing or two about holding midfielders... when he said Skippy was a future Spurs captain he wasn't kidding...
     
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    Bullet Tom Huddlestone

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    Nuno loves Skipples too. He just doesn't want to pile pressure onto individuals (unlike Mou Mou) so he will say "everyone is ready, we are all good players blah blah" whereas Mou would court the headlines and call people mini-Messi which just heaps the pressure on.
     
  15. JerusalemMan

    JerusalemMan Alf Ramsey

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    His stock has risen as a result of both the first and second halves today
     
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    spurspinter1 Dean Austin

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    Seems like one of the positives of the season.

    Not sure if anyone doubted his step up but it is really nice to see. The key now is him not going the way of Winks, Mason, Bentaleb, having a steady midfield around him would help for sure!


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    StephenH Gary Stevens

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    When I saw no Skipp in the lineup I was gob smacked
     
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    spurspinter1 Dean Austin

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    Thank GHod we have a manager who is reluctant in giving praise during press conferences to young players, that’s a much more important trait then something like the ability to win trophies or anything like that. Glad those dark days of speaking highly of players has gone and the new guy just openly admits picking the wrong ones for the NLD, phew.

    Such a pointless post to be reeled in on, but Poch was the one who compared Edwards to Messi to be clear.
     
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    jts1882 Vedran Corluka

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    Nice to see some positive coverage of a less well-known player.


    Oliver Skipp: Intelligent, physical and good on the ball – midfielder showing why Tottenham consider him a future captain

    The 21-year-old has long been tipped as a leader and his performances have been a positive during an inconsistent start to the season


    In the drizzling rain outside Carrow Road, beer bottles were thrust in the air as Norwich City’s players joined supporters in celebrating promotion to the Premier League. It was April 20 and Daniel Farke’s team had returned to the top tier at the first opportunity, largely thanks to the understated but standout figure leaning against the team bus, holding a pair of crutches.

    Oliver Skipp had been instrumental in Norwich’s Championship-winning season, his efforts summed up in the match earlier that day as the midfielder’s commitment to duels resulted in a fractured metatarsal against Reading.

    Skipp, 21, had been an example of a club making the most of the loan system. Norwich had been considering Ethan Ampadu but landed on Skipp after an excellent display against them for Tottenham Hotspur, the club he joined aged five, in March the previous year. He ended up playing 45 of 46 Championship games and the club’s man of the match trophy, voted for by fans on social media, was playfully renamed the “Oliver Skipp award”.

    Skipp was loaned from Spurs for the following campaign and took the opportunity of the past nine months to prove his potential. Skipp was a reserved member of the squad but his performances and efforts quickly earned him the respect of Norwich’s squad, from the most senior corners of the dressing room to the administrational interns.

    So much so that saying goodbye was hard. Tim Krul, the Norwich goalkeeper, stepped forward in front of the fans outside Carrow Road on that day of celebration to adopt the role of negotiator and conductor. “We want you to stay!” Krul began, before being joined by the supporters. “We want you to stay, Oliver Skipp, we want you to stay.”

    Skipp clapped his crutches together but no one in Norfolk really had much hope. Steve Hitchen, Tottenham’s technical performance director, had regularly made the 200-mile round trip from north London to assess Skipp’s progress. Six months later, including a summer of rehabilitation on his foot, the performances Hitchen saw at Norwich have been transferred to the heart of Tottenham’s team. Skipp has been the consistent performer in a team that was top of the Premier League table at the end of August.

    Nuno Espírito Santo’s appointment as Spurs head coach in the summer only helped Skipp. He was immediately promoted to the starting line-up, featuring in all seven Premier League games so far this season and starting five of them. The two games he came off the bench were lost and Tottenham conceded three goals in each.

    At Hotspur Way, they talk in clichés about Skipp’s year away. They say he left as a boy and returned a man, has come out of his shell and is more mature as both a player and person. The season at Norwich acted as a springboard but the potential has always been clear.

    Nuno is not keen to talk about individuals but his predecessor, José Mourinho, illustrated just how highly Skipp is rated by forecasting his role as a future Spurs captain. “I think he’s genuinely Tottenham’s future,” Mourinho said. “He’s one of these players by human quality, by personality, he is one of these kids that I have no doubt he will be an important player for Tottenham. I see this kid being one day a future captain here by his character, by his personality.”

    Mauricio Pochettino had given him his debut in October 2018, a couple of months after Skipp had signed a professional three-year contract, against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup.

    “I am so happy,” Pochettino said of Skipp. “Like always with the young you have to be patient. Like always if they start to achieve important things it’s about keeping this hunger, desire, passion and prioritise football before other things and that will be a challenge. We are happy with how he has developed for the last four or five months.”

    Born in Welwyn Garden City and brought up in Hertford, Skipp was a committed student who achieved A-Levels in History and Economics that were earned while breaking into the Tottenham team. Pochettino described him as playing “like a 30-year-old man, so relaxed, trying to play forward” after his Premier League debut against Burnley in December 2018.

    Developed as a defensive midfielder who can play at centre back, he has been at the anchor of Tottenham’s team, largely part of a 4-3-3 that offers other midfielders the opportunity to get forward. Skipp has shown a physical presence in the centre of the field but also an ability beyond his years to read the game. With England Under-21, he has shown his quality on the ball, too, with smart movement and perfectly-placed passes threaded through to the attack.

    Those who know him well say there’s much more to come. But whatever is achieved with Tottenham, or England, don’t expect Skipp to be the one at the forefront of celebrations.
     
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    Mosquito_Coasting Eidur Gudjohnsen

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    What I like about this guy above the likes of Mason, Carroll and Winks is that he doesn’t seem a Jack of All Trades Master of None like them. Defensively he looks extremely talented.
     
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