Oliver Skipp opens up on ‘step up’ from Championship to Premier League

Oliver Skipp
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp has now opened up on the ‘step up’ from the Championship to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old confirmed that it is ‘definitely a step up in terms of quality’ and noted that the biggest challenge is ‘staying focused for 90 minutes’.

The midfielder has been ever-present so far in the Premier League for Spurs’ perfect start to the campaign, beating Manchester City and Wolves without conceding a goal.

Skipp is a great example of the loan system and how it can benefit a young player’s career.

Before the midfielder’s loan to Norwich City last year, Skipp struggled to implement himself in the Spurs first-team – only playing 71 minutes in the Premier League during the 2019/2020 season.

However, in the Championship last season, he featured 45 times for Norwich in their promotion-winning campaign which saw them top the second tier of English football.

His consistent performances have clearly been enough to impress new manager Nuno Espirito Santo who has played the 20-year-old in midfield alongside Dele Alli and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in both Premier League matches so far.

Skipp touched on the ‘step up’ from the Championship to the Premier League in a recent interview with Football London.

He said: “I had a good season last season so I came back with the intention of building on it and luckily I’ve been given the opportunity to start the first two games.

“I’m always really grateful for those opportunities and I need to make sure I give everything when I do get those opportunities. I’m really happy with how it’s gone so far.

“It’s definitely it’s a massive step up from the Championship to the Premier League in terms of the quality on the pitch.

“Just staying focused for 90 minutes (is a challenge) because one lapse of concentration, and you’ll get punished.

“It’s definitely been a big step up, there’s no denying that. But one that I’m really enjoying the challenge of.

“I’m trying to put my stamp on the game, really.”

SpursWeb Opinion 

Skipp has been impressive so far in two opening Premier League games, he has been asked to cover a lot of ground, constantly defend space and chase bodies. But he has done well and turned into a starter. Long may it continue.

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