Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will start Oliver Skipp in midfield for tomorrow’s Premier League match against Burnley.
The 19-year-old academy product was named in the starting eleven for the FA Cup fifth round defeat by Norwich City in midweek and was one of the better performers.
Mourinho praises the efforts of Skipp after the match in North London by describing his performance as “phenomenal” (The Sun).
With Tuesday’s all-important Champions League round of sixteen second leg tie at RB Leipzig, Mourinho has to make some important selection decisions with his side looking to overturn the 1-0 loss they suffered in North London.
The Portuguese has previously admitted that it his aim to make Skipp a first-team regular at the Champions League finalists in the future (Football.London).
Skipp has made just one Premier League appearance since Jose Mourinho took over from Mauricio Pochettino in late November when he appeared in a late 10-minute cameo during the 5-0 win against Burnley (transfermarkt).
Tomorrow, he will get the chance to face the Clarets from the first whistle.
Mourinho told Football.London: “You know the circumstances [of the run of defeats], I think you know the circumstances but some people are critical of me because I am repeating the same things all the time so I don’t want to repeat the same things all the time,”
“You all know the situation. I just do a simple question. Ok, it’s hypothetical but do you think that match against Norwich with Lloris, Sissoko, Kane and Son we don’t win? It’s hypothetical. You can tell me maybe you lose 3-0 and you are right, maybe we lose 3-0 but I don’t think so.
“There are many difficult circumstances but for me, the main circumstance is a club that change the manager mid-season. It’s for some reason. It’s not easy to come in mid-season and there are different profiles of coming in mid-season.
“One is you come in mid-season, you need to get 12 points to survive and not to be relegated. Another is you come mid-season but there is a process to go and there are things to go through.
“One of the things I tell you immediately without any problem. [Japhet] Tanganga was nobody, [now] he is a regular. Skipp played 10 or 12 matches previously but [now] consecutive starts in the Premier League and FA Cup matches, maybe the first time. He played against Norwich, he plays tomorrow again.
“This is just one of the examples that this is a process and obviously people are tired to listen to it but the run of injuries this club had this season, starting with Hugo and ending with Sonny, is something really crazy.
“But again we have to prepare ourselves for something similar to happen again and we have to build a squad that protects against this kind of situation but I believe that any club that loses four fundamental players at the same time, doesn’t matter the squad you have, any team would always feel a situation like this.”
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