Alasdair Gold has dropped a promising injury update concerning Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp.
In a recent video posted on his YouTube channel, the football.london journalist revealed that the 21-year-old – who has not featured for Tottenham since the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea back on January 23 due to an injury relating to his pubic symphysis – should be in contention for a return to the Spurs side when Newcastle United visit north London on April 3.
Speaking about the current condition of the England U21 international, Gold said: “There are positives from the two-week break. Oliver Skipp – I finally asked about him and got some positive news ahead of the [Newcastle] game.
“Conte said that he’s starting to feel less pain and he said he’d be back after the international break. So, I pushed that a little bit and said: ‘Do you mean the Newcastle game?’ And he said: ‘Let’s see. We need to see how he responds over the next couple of weeks.’ So, fingers crossed that get fixed.
“I think, definitely, Skippy will be the first substitute that comes on in those first few games he’s back. I think Conte will very quickly try and find a way to get him on, especially if energy levels are flagging because he loves Skippy – he trusts him.”
Considering just how high hopes are for Skipp’s future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Gold’s claim that the academy product could be set to make a return to first-team action against Newcastle in a little under two weeks’ time is sure to be an update that Spurs fans will love.
Indeed, despite the current campaign being the first season in which Skipp has been a regular for Tottenham, the £18m-rated dynamo has nevertheless proven that he is a talent with an extremely bright future in the game – with FBREF ranking the 21-year-old in the top 10% for passes completed by all defensive midfielders in Europe’s big five leagues, as well as the top 16% for progressive carries, the top 34% for progressive passes and the top 42% for blocks made per 90 minutes.
Furthermore, Conte is clearly a huge fan of the £25k-per-week sensation, stating of Skipp after Spurs’ 2-0 win over Brentford back in December: “This player is a very young. He has really a lot of space for improvement.
“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.
“Today he played well. I think that I can improve him a lot in possession and technically, to look before the play that they have to do. We’re talking about an important prospect and I’m very happy for him, but now he has to continue in this way.
“He has to improve with the ball, no? In possession. This player, without the ball, he works very, very hard. To have him in the midfield together with [Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg] is very, very important.
“For sure, the part that he has to improve is with the ball but in one month I have seen a lot of improvement about Skippy. He’s a player who wants to improve.
“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.”
As such, it is clear for all to see that the return of the England youth international will come as a huge boost to both Conte and his Tottenham side, as Skipp looks as if he will play an incredibly important role in Spurs’ bid to secure a top-four finish in the league this season.