Oliver Skipp: Bright future for academy star

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A feature by The Guardian during the beginning of each season is to pick the best prospect from each Premier League club born between the 1st September 2000 and 31st of August 2001, an age band known as ‘first-year scholars’.

17 year-old Oliver Skipp has been selected as the next best thing that will emerge from Spurs’ own first-year scholars and is being tipped for a bright future.

Defensive midfielder Skipp played 18 games for Tottenham’s under-18s last season,even making a substitute appearance for the under-23s in February,all this while he was still a schoolboy. He has also been capped at U17 level for England.

Academy boss John Mc Dermott said of Skipp after a match recently: “Oliver Skipp, as well, showed guile and quality in possession but also a real desire and toughness out of possession.”

This season he has stepped again, becoming a regular at under-23 level and the overall impression is of a player who is mature beyond his years and destined to make the grade.

Skipp will hope to join the likes of Tashan Oakley-Boothe, Marcus Edwards amongst others in getting some first team game time in the near future.

Skipp is recognised as a defensive midfielder, not dissimilar to Harry Winks and can also fill in as an emergency defender if required.

He is primarily a no-nonsense midfielder that loves a tackle and is also technically gifted meaning he is good in possession too and if all goes to plan he may be next big thing of the Tottenham Hotspur Academy production line.

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