Norwich boss reveals why he does not want to praise Oliver Skipp

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Oliver Skipp
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Norwich boss Daniel Farke has admitted that he does not want to praise Oliver Skipp too much publicly as it is easy for young players to get carried away with the adulation that they receive. 

Skipp could not have hoped for his loan spell at Norwich to have gone any better than it has so far.

The midfielder has been an ever-present in the Canaries midfield and his consistent displays have been a key reason as to why the club are sitting pretty at the top of the Championship table.

Some Norwich fans on social media have raved about the 20-year-old’s quality while some Spurs fans are convinced that he will be ready to slot straight into the Tottenham side along Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg next season when he returns from his spell at Carrow Road.

Given the praise that Skipp has already been getting, Farke admitted that he is keen to keep pushing the Spurs academy graduate to get better.

He told The Eastern Daily Press: “I am always careful to praise young lads too much.

“I like to keep the pressure high on them because in these times they are celebrated so much by social media, agents and things like this.

“It’s difficult also for young players to handle that praise so I am quite careful in praising them too much but actions are more important than any words and when you look at Oliver’s season you can realise that he has played more or less every second in the league for us, for a side that has lots of competition in the squad.”

“This says a lot about how much I rate him and how much I value him, I don’t want to praise him too much in public, it’s more like each and every day I keep on criticising him. 

“I ask for more goals, for more assists, better passing choices, for many topics to improve – but my actions speak louder than my words. He plays each and every second for more or less each and every game for such a good side. He’s a top player and also a top character.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Given Farke’s track record, it is clear that he is an expert at helping develop young players. He deserves a lot of credit for the way he has used Skipp. The Spurs hierarchy also deserve some credit for choosing to loan the youngster to Norwich as it has proven to be the ideal environment for the 20-year-old to develop his game.

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