Oliver Skipp has admitted that he hated every second of the time he was out injured and vowed to work hard to push for a place in the Spurs team under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Skipp had an outstanding campaign on loan at Norwich last season, playing a valued part in the club’s route to the Championship title.
The midfielder’s mature displays at Carrow Road got some Spurs fans excited about what is to come from the 20-year-old this season.
Skipp suffered a metatarsal fracture towards the end of his spell with the Canaries last season and had to undergo surgery.
Thankfully, the Spurs academy graduate was able to make a full recovery over the summer and he started Tottenham’s last two pre-season matches against Colchester and MK Dons, impressing in both outings.
When asked about being back out on the pitch, the 20-year-old told the club’s official website: “I loved every minute of it at Colchester, just to get back out there and get that feeling of playing back into my legs, nothing beats playing football.
“It’s nice after I’d put the hard work in over the summer to get back and play football again. I’m really excited.
“I was only out for 10, 11 weeks, but it felt like they were the longest weeks of my life! I didn’t even miss that much football, so I can only imagine how it would feel during the season.”
Some sources from the club have revealed that Skipp has looked a much more confident player after returning from his spell at Norwich.
The midfielder admitted that he is putting in a lot of hard work during pre-season in order to give himself the best chance of making an impact at Spurs.
He added: “I feel good, no issues, all back to normal. Now I’ll keep pushing on.
“I just want to keep pushing, keep training hard… in pre-season that’s almost as important as the games, to get the minutes into the legs and in the games, to implement what we’ve been doing in training.
“I’ll keep pushing and see where it takes me. That’s what pre-season is all about.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I am generally not one to go overboard about young players as one never knows if they will go on to live up to their potential.
However, Skipp has got me excited mainly because he seems to have a level head on his shoulders, to go with his outstanding talent.
So, I cannot see him wasting his ability as the likes of Adel Taarabt, Marcus Edwards and Steven Caulker have done in the past.
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