Tottenham Hotspur are ready to hand academy graduate Oliver Skipp a new contract, according to emerging reports…
The Sun claim that the north London outfit would like to reward the 21-year-old midfielder for breaking into the first-team as a regular under Nuno Santo, despite only signing an extension last summer.
It’s thought that the England U21 international could see his wages increase from £25k-per-week to between £35k-per-week and £40k-per-week.
Skipp spent time out on loan to Norwich City last season and whilst they were keen to sign him permanently, there was no way Spurs were letting go of one of their most talented youngsters.
The Hotspur Way youth product has quickly cemented himself in as one of the Portuguese’s favourites, having started four of their five Premier League outings, as well as their UEFA Europa Conference League group opener.
His emergence has kept Harry Winks, 25, out of the side completely and their faith in Skipp led to the club’s willingness to listen to offers for the fellow English midfielder.
Skipp was once lauded as the future leader of the Lilywhites by ex-manager Jose Mourinho.
After signing his new deal last year, the departed Spurs boss told reporters (via the Evening Standard): “I think he’s genuinely Tottenham’s future. He’s one of these players by human quality, by personality, he is one of these kids that I have no doubt he will be an important player for Tottenham.”
He then added: “I see this kid being one day a future captain here by his character, by his personality. I feel really happy that he signed.”
Skipp has also been a hit with the fanbase, with plenty of supporters waxing lyrical about his qualities in recent games – “future Spurs legend” and “deserves Winks’ wages” were just two comments from many about the young midfielder.
As evident above, both Nuno and the Spurs faithful should be delighted by this latest development as it looks as if Skipp will be here for the long term.
The Portuguese head coach will also be set for a massive boost as he looks to shape his squad alongside sporting director Fabio Paratici. Tying Skipp down with a better deal helps massively.