Alasdair Gold has dropped a promising update on the future of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp.
In a recent article for football.london, the Tottenham correspondent revealed that Fabio Paratici’s discussions with the 21-year-old regarding a new deal are believed to be nearing a conclusion – something that would see the England U21 international earn a significant pay rise, as well as securing his long-term future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
In his report, Gold wrote: “There is at least one big boost for the midfielder and the club as football.london understands that discussions over a bumper new deal for the talented 21-year-old are nearing a positive conclusion following his impressive breakthrough season.”
Considering just how impressive Skipp has been for Spurs this season, the news that the club are close to securing a new deal for the defensive midfielder is sure to have left supporters buzzing.
Indeed, over his 18 Premier League appearances in the current campaign, the £18m-rated youngster has been in fantastic form for Antonio Conte’s side, making an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.8 tackles, 42.3 passes and winning 3.6 duels – at a success rate of 54% – per game.
These returns have seen the £24k-per-week sensation average a SofaScore match rating of 6.81, ranking him as Tottenham’s joint 15th-best performer in the top flight – a highly impressive feat considering this is his first full season at the top of the English game.
Furthermore, the 52-year-old Italian coach is clearly a huge fan of the midfielder, with Conte stating of Skipp earlier this season:
“This player is 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.
“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 Skipp putting pen to paper on a new contract would be a fantastic outcome for the club, as the 21-year-old would very much appear to be the base on which the Tottenham midfield will be built upon for many a year to come.