‘Been a long time’ – Oliver Skipp admits delight at being back in Spurs action

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Oliver Skipp
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Oliver Skipp has expressed his delight at being back out on the pitch playing an 11v11 game after several months of rehabilitation.

Skipp was arguably Tottenham’s most consistent performer in the first half of the 2021/22 campaign. The youngster also had a solid start to life under Antonio Conte but he was out of action since picking up a pelvic injury at the start of February (Transfermarkt).

Spurs eventually confirmed in April that the 21-year-old had undergone surgery and according to reports (Football.London), the midfielder returned to Hotspur Way a week earlier than the rest of the squad for pre-season in order to continue his rehabilitation.

Skipp stepped onto the pitch for a fixture for the first time in over five months on Wednesday as Spurs beat Team K League 6-3 in their first pre-season match.

The midfielder got 45 minutes under his belt in front of a crowd of over 64,000 at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, and he admitted that he really enjoyed the occasion.

Speaking after Wednesday’s fixture, the midfielder told Tottenham’s official website: “It felt really good to be back out there. It’s been a long time, so it was great to get those minutes in and be back with the team, being out here, 11 v 11, that was really nice!

“It’s amazing, the support we’ve had from everyone since we’ve been here, amazing. The whole team has felt the love from everyone in Korea, so we’re really grateful.”

Skipp admitted that he was also pleased to see several of Tottenham’s academy players, including the likes of Charlie Sayers, Troy Parrott and Havery White, getting minutes under their belt during pre-season.

The midfielder added: “Seeing the Academy boys come on, that was nice for me. Charlie making his debut, Troy, Harvey as well, it’s always nice for me as an academy player. 

“They’ve been really good in training, got their chance and taken it. If they need any advice, we’re here for them but they are all good players in their own right, so it’s really exciting to see.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I would argue that nowhere is the competition for places as fierce as in the middle of the park next season. While Bissouma is extremely talented and Bentancur hardly put a foot wrong in the second half of last season, Skipp and Hojbjerg will not give up their spots without a fight.

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