‘I always believed’ – Oliver Skipp says he has come on leaps and bounds this season

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Oliver Skipp has admitted that the experience he has gained at Norwich this season has been invaluable for his development.

Skipp impressed when he got first-team opportunities at Spurs last season but Jose Mourinho admitted that the youngster was keen on going out on loan this season in order to get regular football under his belt.

The decision to loan him to Norwich has proven to be a masterstroke as Skipp settled in seamlessly at Carrow Road and has been an ever-present in the Canaries midfield.

Norwich now look destined to be promoted back to the Premier League next season and Skipp admitted that he is keen to finish the job over the next couple of months.

The 20-year-old told Tottenham’s official website: “It’s been brilliant, especially these last few games, you can tell that every game really means something.

“We’ve managed to win eight games in a row, so it’s really positive, and brilliant towards the end of the season when everything starts to take shape.

“You know in the Championship you’ve got to keep going, because you can go on another run and all of a sudden, it’s not as rosy as it was, but we’re in a really strong position.”

There has never been any question about Skipp’s technical quality but some may have doubted whether the Spurs academy graduate would have been able to cope with the physicality of the Championship.

The youngster has certainly shown this campaign that he has the tenacity required and he admitted that he has been able to improve all aspects of his game.

Skipp added: “I’ve started every game this season and you can really build momentum from one performance to the next. It’s been really good from that point of view, playing Saturday-midweek.

“You improve your game understanding and implement what the manager wants to do in matches, making sure you are developing all aspects of your game, and working on your weaknesses.

“I always believed I could cope physically, but it’s about going out there and proving it to everyone. Touch wood, I’ve coped with it at the moment.”

Spurs Web Opinion

One of the most exciting things about seeing talented young players come through is the fact that no one knows how high their ceiling is.

That certainly applies for Skipp as he has demonstrated during his time at Norwich that he has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League. Seeing him in a midfield three along with Hojbjerg and Ndombele is something I’m really looking forward to.

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