During a recent episode of the Gold and Guest Talk Tottenham podcast, Alasdair Gold revealed that Oliver Skipp is ‘topping the charts’ when it comes to training sessions at Tottenham Hotspur.
Skipp came through the ranks at Spurs as a youngster, developing through the academy and youth teams before joining the first team in 2018. He has made 60 appearances for the club since (Transfermarkt) and is highly rated as a player who could have a big future at Spurs.
Injuries over the last 12 months have hampered Skipp’s progress a little, but he is on his way back to full fitness now and will be hoping to make his mark in the second half of the season after the World Cup.
Despite those injury problems, one thing is becoming abundantly clear – Oliver Skipp is very, very good in training. Football.London reported back in October that he is consistently winning fitness drills in training sessions and he appears to be maintaining that level now.
On Skipp’s chances of getting more first-team action, Gold said: “He’s a real Conte favourite, he really likes him, but I don’t think he’s done enough since coming back from injury to push his claim.”
However, Skipp is certainly not harming his chances when it comes to his displays on the training pitch. Gold added: “A bit like Matt Doherty, he’s another one who is trying to work his way back to full fitness, but from everything I hear he’s kind of topping the charts in the fitness stuff in training most of the time.”
“I think it’s a sharpness thing as well and being played in the right position. He is one of those where I hope they don’t consider loaning him in January.”
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By the sounds of it, Skipp has an excellent work rate and ticks all the boxes in the physical department. We know Conte likes him, so if he can just stay clear of injuries it can’t be long before he gets a decent run in the team, and hopefully, that can happen this season.
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