Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur side continued their impressive league form under the 52-year-old manager on Sunday afternoon, sealing a 3-0 win against Norwich City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a result which sees Spurs climb to fifth-place in the Premier League standings.
And, while the club’s overall performance was perhaps flattered by the final scoreline, there were nevertheless a number of extremely encouraging individual displays turned in by some of Tottenham’s starting XI, none more so than by 21-year-old central midfielder Oliver Skipp.
“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 for the present and for the future. He played with great intensity, great passion; with heart, with soul.”
And, just one game later, Skipp could well have already lived up to his manager’s prediction, as the academy graduate turned in a dominant display against the team with whom he spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan.
The youngster also enjoyed 62 touches of the ball, completed 94% of his attempted passes and had two shots at the Norwich goal, with these returns seeing him earn a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 7.1.
The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick was also clearly impressed with the £25k-per-week midfielder, stating of Skipp in his player ratings: “Improving with every game under Conte, particularly in possession. A lung-busting run from his own half to the edge of Norwich’s box was particularly impressive, although some of his tackling was equally eye-catching. Helped make Son’s goal.”
As such, while the youngster still undoubtedly has much developing left to do at the highest level of the game, on the back of his performance against Norwich, Skipp may well have already lived up to Conte’s claim that he can be a top midfielder.