Nuno Espirito Santo had plenty of nice words to say about Tottenham academy graduate, Oliver Skipp, in his North London Derby pre-match press conference today.
Skipp impressed out on loan with Norwich City last season, a near-permanent fixture in their march to the Championship title and Premier League promotion.
While it would have surprised few Tottenham fans, such is the regard Skipp is held in, the youngster slotted straight into the first team under Nuno this year.
The 21-year-old has often been named in a midfield three alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele Alli, not looking out of place amongst the experience top-flight professionals.
Nuno revealed he has been impressed with the commitment and hard work shown by Skipp, especially for someone of his young age.
However, the Spurs head coach did not like Alasdair Gold’s question about whether Skipp had the potential to be a young leader in North London.
On Skipp, Nuno said (Football London): “I like very much Skipp and I think you can see it.
“Since we arrived he was injured and the way, the commitment he showed even during the recovery of his injury and he started the pre-season working very hard.
“He’s helping the team. He’s a young boy that is doing well.”
On Gold’s leader remark, he replied: “Don’t ask me these things, Alasdair. Let things go.
“We all must be patient with all the players, especially the young ones, give them time to develop. Oliver is doing a fantastic job and it’s our job as coaching staff to develop and improve all the players.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
It was a slight overreaction but I always agree with the sentiment to keep young players grounded, not overhyping them too early. Just let Oliver Skipp continue impressing and progressing, we can discuss how good he actually is in a few years.
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