Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte could turn to Oliver Skipp after the international break.
At least, that is according to journalist Paul Brown, who suggested that the England youth international would get his chance in the coming weeks to GIVEMESPORT this week.
“I do, yeah. Conte is a big fan of Skipp; he’s played him a lot since he’s been there,” he said.
“He likes his drive, energy, and determination. I think he’s a player who does exactly what he’s told and fits the system quite well, because Conte knows he can rely on him.”
A string of injuries have curtailed the 22-year-old’s progress under the Italian head coach, having been one of his favourites to start in the early days of his tenure after arriving in N17 back in November last year.
The form of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur, combined with the £25m arrival of Yves Bissouma, has certainly tempered expectations around the young Hotspur Way gem.
But Brown’s remarks provide some hope that the rarely-seen talent could come back into the first-team fray in due course.
Back in April this year, Tottenham and Skipp committed to a new long-term £80k-per-week contract extension, taking his time at the club to potentially 2027, at least.
That shows the club and Conte’s devotion to the young ace, so it would be foolish to not see him more regularly when domestic football returns next week.
Skipp is a player that has been touted for big, big things around Spurs.
“I see this kid being one day a future captain here by his character, by his personality. I feel really happy that he signed,” once suggested his ex-manager Jose Mourinho (via the Evening Standard).
Whilst Conte has previously stated:
“He played with great intensity, great passion, with heart, with soul. I think it was important because, for me, he doesn’t care if he’s only 21 years old, who deserves to play,” before adding:
“I think that the present and the future depends on him. If he wants to become a top midfielder. He could become a top midfielder, but he has to continue to work. He has this will, this desire to become an important player for Tottenham and for the present and for the future.”
Primarily a defensively-minded midfielder in the engine room, Spurs could do with his ability to break up play and win the ball back, often living up to his tag of being an “absolute machine,” as once described by Opta‘s Matt Hayes.
With fixtures still coming thick and fast after the break, it would be wise for Conte to turn to rotation in the middle of the pitch and as such, we should expect Skipp to be among those changes, given the evidence above.