‘I am ready’ – Tottenham star believes his summer decision has been vindicated

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Oliver Skipp believes his decision to stay at Tottenham Hotspur and fight for his place rather than seeking another loan move in the summer has been vindicated so far.

Skipp has arguably been Tottenham’s best player of the season and one of the few in the team who shone during Nuno Espirito Santo’s four months in charge of the club.

The 21-year-old has carried on his form since Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club, establishing himself as one of the first names on the teamsheet under the Italian.

When asked about his decision to stay in North London following his successful loan spell at Norwich last season, Skipp told Football.London: “I hope this proves that it was the right decision to stay and I feel I am ready to play for Spurs.

“You are never quite sure at the start of the season but it was a big confidence boost to start the first game of the season and it was something I was looking to build on and hopefully keep building on.

“I always wanted to fight for my place here and I am very grateful for the year I had last season at Norwich – but there are still a lot of improvements to be made.”

Conte has spoken in glowing terms of Skipp, insisting that the youngster has all the attributes to develop into a top midfielder.

While the youngster admitted that is nice to hear those words of praise, he insisted that he still has a long way to go.

Skipp said: “It is always nice to hear that but I have to go out and prove it, otherwise it is just words and there is no point.

“I feel that there has definitely been a lot of improvement. I need to keep working and keep doing the things that I am doing and keep making those improvements. Hopefully, that happens but I know that it is a lot of hard work before that does.”

Skipp produced a Man of the Match performance in Tottenham’s 3-0 win over Norwich on Sunday, mopping up expertly in front of the back four and driving forward with the ball.

There was one particular tackle that the Spurs academy graduate made to retain possession that got a rousing reception at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium.

The youngster slid in to protect the ball and played a pass to his teammate in one sweeping motion.

When asked about the tackle, the midfielder said: “I think that is the sort of thing that gets the crowd on side. I am very competitive so those sorts of tackles are not something I really think about much, but you can see we are progressing with our play against the ball.

“Maybe not as much as we did on Thursday but there were definitely parts of the game where we got aggressive in their areas of the pitch. Every game is slightly different but by making adjustments Conte has built up a lot of players.”

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Skipp has shown over the last few weeks that he is not only tenacious and possesses a great engine, but that he is also technically quite sound in possession.

The youngster’s passing is very tidy and he is also capable of driving forward with the ball when afforded space. Spurs fans should be excited about the 21-year-old’s potential as his ceiling is evidently very high.

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