Alan Shearer has credited Antonio Conte for the impact he has had on Lucas Moura and Oliver Skipp since arriving at Tottenham Hotspur.
Moura was on fire for Tottenham against Crystal Palace yesterday, scoring one and setting up two as the North Londoners dispatched the Eagles 3-0.
The Brazilian has been a regular in the side since Conte’s arrival and seems to have sealed his place in the starting eleven for the time being alongside Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Skipp, who was one of Tottenham’s standout players under Nuno Espirito Santo earlier in the season, has gone up another notch under Conte.
The Spurs head coach showed faith in the 21-year-old by bringing him straight back into the starting lineup alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg against West Ham and Palace despite Harry Winks’ impressive showing in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool.
Conte previously admitted the England Under-21 international has room for improvement in possession and we have certainly seen an improvement on that front from the youngster over recent weeks.
Speaking after Tottenham’s win over Palace, Shearer said on Match of the Day on BBC One (11:51 pm, December 27, 2021): “He has made a big difference to Moura, Lucas Moura, and also Oliver Skipp, who I thought was excellent.
“They just couldn’t handle Lucas Moura today.”
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Skipp will certainly benefit from working under someone of Conte’s experience at such a young age. What is most impressive about the 21-year-old is his excellent defensive awareness for someone so young.
He is also much tidier in possession than Hojbjerg and I would argue that he has now become a more important player for Spurs than the Dane.
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