Oliver Skipp opened up on his return to the Tottenham XI following the defeat to Newcastle in North London yesterday evening. 

Skipp picked up a nasty injury and infection in the second half of the 2021/22 season, which kept him out from January until the summer. The Tottenham academy graduate then returned to training and sustained an unfortunate foot injury to delay his return further.

Fortunately, the midfielder is now back and fit enough to start, taking his place in the XI yesterday to replace the missing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

And although Spurs fell to a frustrating defeat against the Magpies, Oliver Skipp was one of the shining lights for the Lilywhites on the right of a midfield three.

In a post-match interview with Tottenham’s official Twitter page, Skipp opened up on his latest spell on the sidelines, while assuring fans he is now 100% fit and training hard under Conte.

He also intends to keep improving and taking his opportunities to impress when they are handed to him by the Spurs head coach.

Skipp said: “It’s not been the ideal last nine months since that game [in January]. Yeah, it’s nice to be out there, but it’s always hard to reflect on that when the result is what it is.

“But yeah, it’s nice to be back on the grass, but I would have liked to have performed a bit better and helped the team to get that victory.

“I feel 100%, training hard, obviously that rhythm will start to come and come, the more and more training time, the more and more game time I get.

“I need to keep pushing and make sure when I do get those opportunities that I can take them and perform better and better each time.”

Spurs Web Opinion:

I think Skipp was arguably Tottenham’s best player against Newcastle in terms of how much ground he covered, got stuck into challenges, burst through the lines with the ball, and showed some nice link-up play with Harry Kane. A great first game back.

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