Oliver Skipp hopes to present much more for Tottenham when Premier League football returns to the agenda.
Barely playing at the start of the season with both Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho, the latter gave him a nod in the middle of the park for the FA Cup fifth round clash against Norwich City.
Skipp impressed against the Canaries and kept his place on the team for the following game against Burnley.
Although he wasn’t involved a few days later in the Champions League game against RB Leipzig, he hopes he will have done enough to stay in his manager’s thoughts once the team returns to the pitch.
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Mourinho clearly judges Skipp very tall and was becoming lyrical about his player after the Norwich game.
“Phenomenal. Very, very good. Very, very good, solid performance,” he said football.london.
“Even with the yellow card I kept it for two hours, first of all because Winks was in trouble, secondly because he was so solid, so mature, so sure that I would never have been afraid of a second yellow card.
“He has always been in control of the game. We were able to see the difference in the physical condition of him and the people who play all the time.”
While the chances in the first team for the player this term have been limited, it has also appeared for England U21.
He played the whole 90 minutes in their 2-1 defeat against Holland in November and certainly impressed the opposition.
In a YouTube video published by OnsOranje documenting young Dutch players, a conversation (around 25:38) can be heard in their locker room after their late win while discussing the player’s performance.
Skipp is even compared to Barcelona man Frenkie De Jong in terms of playability, with Kaj Sierhuis claiming that he even resorted to pushing his opponent into the game as “annoying” before his replacement.
“That Skipp guy is an annoying guy, said one of the team.” He knows how to play nice balls, he is a good footballer.
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“He’s very good at controlling comedy. He keeps filming like Frenkie (De Jong).
“Very annoying, I gave him a little push in the game.”
Comparisons with De Jong will certainly go well with Tottenham fans and many will want to see much more Skipp in the coming months.
Mourinho is a huge fan of the player and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him become an integral part of his team in the future.