Tottenham Hotspur decided to send young Oliver Skipp out on loan for the duration of the 2020/21 season, with Championship side Norwich City winning the race for his signature.
The teenager has been thrown straight into the first-team squad during pre-season, already having featured three times for the Canaries in recent friendlies.
Skipp struggled for game time this season after enjoying a breakthrough campaign under Mauricio Pochettino in 2018/19.
After impressing on the 2018 pre-season tour, Pochettino handed Skipp 12 appearances in all competitions during his debut campaign (Wikipedia).
However, the academy graduate was only able to follow up on this with 11 appearances last season, with just seven coming in the Premier League.
Most recently, Skipp played 45 minutes in Norwich’s friendly against Dynamo Dresden on Wednesday, continuing the club’s record of not yet conceding a goal in pre-season.
After the match, Skipp spoke maturely about the work that the squad are doing behind the scenes, while looking ahead to the new season.
He said (Canaries.co.uk): “It was a good team performance. We moved the ball well and followed the manager’s [Daniel Farke] instructions.
“Another clean sheet is a big thing as well, the manager has really drilled that into us that he wants to try and keep as many clean sheets as possible.
“It makes it easy when you’ve people behind you constantly talking. I think that over the three games, I’ve played with various different centre-half pairings but each have talked me through the game as a unit, making sure we don’t get counter-attacked.
“Things like that help ensure we keep the clean sheets. Three in a row, we can’t really ask for more.
“It’s not a competitive game but I think it brings a lot of confidence into the team. After last season, it’s been important to get wins under our belt.
“It’s been a really good start to pre-season but we know it’s only pre-season and that the real games start in a week or two against Luton and then the first league.”
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