Oliver Skipp

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Oliver Skipp’s game by numbers vs. Burnley:
65 touches
54 passes (85% accuracy)
5 long passes completed
3 aerial duels won
2 tackles
1 interception
1 shot
1 take on completed
1 chance created
Like a duck to water.

Good (and very welcome) first start for the youngster !
There was a club statement about 3 years ago, from Levy at the end of the season where he outlined our targets and mentioned the stadium etc and plans for the future.
In it he mentioned that we wanted to instill loyalty and longevity into the squad and we would be integrating lots of youth over the years and that was the idea behind the academy.

Ever wondered why Kane is determined to win stuff here, where as others are happier jumping ship.....?

The main problem is too many don’t listen to what the policy is about, or disregard it as being cheap and not caring about the fans or the club.

We had five academy on v Tranmere.
Let’s see how many of them end up playing for us in the PL, compared to the kids at City and Chelsea and Woolwich etc.
Giving Skip our full backing is not caring about the club, but loaning him out to Swansea for 6 years and buying Barkley for 50M is?

I really hope people (our fans) can just start to wholeheartedly embrace Spurs, and take pride in what we’re doing instead of snide remarks all the time and demands.

Sadly I doubt it, because as I hear every single day of the week, “we need to sign better”

One of my best pals is Norwich and he just whatsapp'd me the below when I asked how's he doing ...

"Runs the game. Makes the right decision most of the time. Looks to go forward instead of back unless no option. A leader."

This boy is gonna be a general.


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Barely 18 years old. I'm not going to criticise any part of him. Had a hand in the important second goal and that's good enough for me. I was a bit surprised to not see him just sit in front of the defence though and instead play the role of the midfield two in front of Winks, but Poch knows best and all that.

He's clearly trusted and that's not only important for his development but it's important for his confidence. Not many 18 year olds start for a team competing at the top of the table.

Do you know how many 18 year olds have started in the league for Man City this season? None.
Do you know how many 18 year olds have started in the league for Liverpool this season? None.
Do you know how many 18 year olds have started in the league for Chelsea this season? None.
Do you know how many 18 year olds have started in the league for Woolwich this season? None.
Do you know how many 18 year olds have started in the league for Man Utd this season? None.

Yet we've started Skipp TWICE in the Premier League this season. Won both of them.

Those teams above have some pretty talented 18 year olds or younger at their clubs. Phil Foden, Ethan Ampadu, Calum Hudson-Odoi, Emile Smith-Rowe, Angel Gomes. Yet their manager hasn't trusted them enough to start Premier League games, even against lower teams and beyond Foden, Skipp plays in a harder position than all of them.

Away from the top clubs, some 18 year olds are given a bit more game-time but they're also ALOT more experienced than Skipp - you have Ryan Sessegnon over at Fulham who's been playing first team football since he was 16 years old. Of course there's also Morgan Gibbs-White over at Wolves who's started a whopping 3 games this season but has 20+ games to his name from previous seasons.

Trust the process.
Can't believe this guy is 17 years old---traveling the world with the planet's best football team and bossing the midfield against Barca. When I was 17 I was hanging out in the Taco Bell parking lot doing stupid shit and desparately trying to get a girl to let me touch her boobs.

Nothing's changed. Off to get a chalupa.


Living The Dream The Tottenham Way
Got a nice write-up in the Daily Mail today.

Oliver Skipp has been catapulted on to the Tottenham bench by their injury crisis... but he will soon be banging on the first-team door in his own right
  • Oliver Skipp displays all-round attributes and shows maturity beyond his years
  • In a recent tie, he put three heavy but fair tackles in during the first 10 minutes
  • Confident in confrontation, he also showed maturity when using the ball

Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star.

He'll bring you his verdict in Sportsmail.

This week he has been keeping a close eye on Tottenham starlet Oliver Skipp. Here's what he thought.

Oliver Skipp has been named the PL2 Player of the Month for September 2018

Recently turned 18, this promising player has been catapulted on to the Tottenham bench somewhat by default as Mauricio Pochettino deals with major injury problems.

But it will not be long before Skipp, born in Welwyn Garden City, is banging on the first-team door in his own right and challenging the established internationals at the club.

As a central midfielder with all-round attributes, he shows maturity beyond his years. He has an unorthodox and unattractive gait - with bandy legs - but this disguises good balance when tackling and challenging for the ball.

Skipp of Tottenham in action during the UEFA Youth League match against Inter Milan

Age: 18

Club: Tottenham Hotspur

Position: Centre midfield

Value: £2m

In a recent academy game I saw, he got tight to the opposition's quality midfielder and gave him three powerful but fair challenges in the first 10 minutes.

Confident in confrontation, he also showed maturity when using the ball. Playing from deep but driving upfield in possession, he has the vision to quickly see the forward pass.

As he went from a defensive area towards the opposition box, he twice played exquisite reverse passes with a canny touch and he also knows the value of playing the ball 'round the corner' one-touch when it arrives square to him.

When an opponent got tight, this pass - delivered first time - put his marker out of the game and gave Skipp the opportunity to run past him and take the return.

The 18-year-old appears to show Eric Dier a clean set of heels during a recent training session

Skipp's No 52 shirt is placed in the Wembley changing rooms following his call up to the squad

He must answer a couple of questions. Will he score goals? Strikes from central midfield are valuable. And will he have the mentality to maximise the big opportunity when it comes? Pertinently, when might that opportunity come? That is a problem for many young English players.

But there is no doubt that Skipp looks like a leader, cajoling and encouraging his team's forward players to press as a unit as he backed them up from centre field.

He is not selfish and looks to have enough sharpness to get to his opponents quickly.

On this showing, he would remind the older generation of Tottenham watchers of a young Steve Perryman.

I only hope that he can eventually justify this praise.

Oliver Skipp will soon be banging on the Tottenham first-team door | Daily Mail Online
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