‘A bit crazy’ – Oliver Skipp opens up on life at Spurs under Nuno Espirito Santo

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Oliver Skipp
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Oliver Skipp has opened up on a ‘crazy’ few months for him at club level, after cementing a place in Tottenham’s first team at the start the season.

The Spurs academy graduate spent last season on loan at Norwich City and played a crucial role in Daniel Farke’s side, featuring in 45 games as the Canaries won the Championship to seal a return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Before then, the combative midfielder had little involvement with the senior Spurs side, playing just 71 minutes in the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign. 

But that has completely changed this season, earning the trust of new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, who has started the 20-year-old in each of Spurs’ opening three league games so far. 

Skipp has found a place alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele Alli in central midfield – a feat he didn’t expect would happen so quickly.

“The last few months have been a bit crazy,” he told England Football while on England U21 international duty.

“At the end of the season there was a massive high, winning the Championship title with Norwich, but the second-last game I had the injury. 

“But in one way it was a blessing because it was the best time I could have done it because it was during off-season and I could get back fit for pretty much all of pre-season. Then I have managed to start the first three games of the season for Spurs in the Premier League so they are all positives really.”

The Spurs youngster went on to say he is keeping his feet planted firmly on the ground on what has been an encouraging start to the season, adding there is always room for improvement.

“It is definitely different [this season] but I am not getting carried away because it is only three games and there is a lot more that I need to work on and keep improving to hopefully continue to get those minutes,” Skipp said.

“It definitely feels like it has been a good start but I definitely need to keep improving and keep going.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

It has been a very good start to the season for Skipp, who has made the step up from Championship football to the Premier League fairly seamlessly. It is a testament to him that he is not getting carried away, though, because his ceiling and potential is very high.

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