Tottenham Hotspur sealed progression to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 7-0 thrashing of League Two side Tranmere Rovers on Friday night.
A Fernando Llorente hat-trick, a brace for Serge Aurier, and goals for Heung-min Son and Harry Kane sealed the emphatic result for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The Spurs boss was also able to give valuable first team minutes to the likes of George Marsh and Timothy Eyoma, whilst Oliver Skipp started and played the full 90 minutes.
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After a tricky opening half hour, Skipp grew into the game and began to show his quality. The 18-year-old midfielder ended the match with two assists and with his reputation greatly enhanced. His technical ability, determination and eye for a pass stood out amongst his finer attributes on the night.
The England under-18 international clearly has huge potential and could well be a star of the future.
After the FA Cup triumph over Tranmere, plenty of Spurs fans took to Twitter to praise Skipp’s exciting display…
Skipp is such an exciting talent isn’t he. Going to be a star imo. Yeah, he’s lost the ball a few times, but so what. He’s 18, learning, and he’s clearly got it.
— Charlie Parrish (@charlieparrish) 4 January 2019
That’s why I love Poch. He’s said openly that he doesn’t care if the boy misplaces passes or gives the ball away as that’s how you learn and grow as a player. Imagine being a young player with him as your manager. Stuff of dreams.
— ᒍᗩᗰᕮS (@jmscant) 4 January 2019
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— Anton Marc Shaw (@amshealer1) 4 January 2019
Skipp & Winks. Think Xavi & Iniesta. Given time & some patience Poch will make them superstars.
— Anthony Heard (@AnthonyH7) 5 January 2019
Despite having a difficult 1st half, Skipp didn’t go hiding, showed a lot of character, always wanting the ball and those forward passes, show just how brave he was on the Ball. He also has an aggressive streak, flying into tackles. Eary to say, but the signs are very good #thfc
— fred (@EtonSpurs) 5 January 2019
— Peter Risley (@peter_risley) 5 January 2019