Norwich City boss Daniel Farke has praised Oliver Skipp’s attitude and ability but admitted that it would be next to impossible for his side to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis from Spurs.
Skipp has not only been one of Norwich’s best players this season but has arguably been one of the best midfielders in the Championship.
Some Spurs fans have been mightily impressed by the 20-year-old’s displays this campaign and believe that he will slot straight into Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven when he returns from his loan spell at Carrow Road.
Farke admitted that the deal has worked out very well for all parties but insisted that the Canaries cannot even think about snapping Skipp up on a permanent basis at the end of his loan spell.
He told Pink Un: “He was one of my biggest wishes to bring in last summer, so compliments to Stuart Webber for making it happen.
“I can only praise Olly and Tottenham. This was perfect business.
“The best piece of business is always a permanent move, when you are fully convinced and you commit the club’s future to a player, and they do likewise.
“A loan is tricky. But if you have a chance to bring in someone who can be a major boost to the squad then perhaps a loan is the only way that happens.
“We would never be able to sign a highly-rated player like Oliver Skipp. Not on a permanent deal. It would be an unbelievable amount of money for our club.”
Farke also praised Skipp’s attitude and admitted that he has enjoyed working with the Tottenham academy graduate.
The German boss said: “When you bring young players from the best clubs in the world there is always a risk.
“We saw the potential, we looked into his character a lot and we knew he would be fully convinced to give everything, not thinking I don’t need to work to prove I am the best in my position.
“Oliver is a perfect lad. So humble. He is a brilliant loan signing.”
Farke compared Skipp’s development to that of Canaries right-back Max Aarons, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar for the summer transfer window.
He added: “A fantastic lad. He reminds me a little of Max Aarons in his first season, who also delivered with unbelievable consistency, with no mistakes, never injured, never ill.
“I actually said before Birmingham there was one or two areas he can still improve, like in terms of the attacking side, and then in the very next game, he scores at Birmingham.
“That is a good sign he listens to what I demand. I think he was too surprised to celebrate.
“The lads make some jokes in training when he tries to shoot and when he scores they celebrate like they have won the World Cup. Although I don’t remember him scoring in training too often.”
Spurs Web Opinion
Skipp could potentially save us around £30m-£40m in the transfer window as he seems to have maturity beyond his years and looks ready to play a big part at Tottenham next season. To have someone like Hojbjerg alongside him for him to learn from would be invaluable for the youngster.
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