Opinion: Pochettino made a big statement about this Spurs youngster against City

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur came out of the Etihad with an incredible 2-2 draw against Man City at the weekend, especially when you consider how dominant the champions were.

Few will manage to get anything off Pep Guardiola’s side at home this season, so getting the fixture out of the way early and taking a point to boot is great for Spurs.

It also marks a change to their lack of form away from home against their fellow big six clubs, which is vital if Tottenham want to challenge for trophies this season.

Despite the huge talking points such as Lucas Moura’s 19-second goal and the late Jesus VAR drama, one thing that caught my eye was a late sub by Pochettino.

Let’s give some context first. It was the 90th minute. Spurs were up against it, desperately trying to hold on for a point. Pochettino needs some fresh legs out there to close the game out, so he turns to his bench.

Ben Davies is there. Eric Dier? Jan Vertonghen? No, Pochettino decides that 18-year-old Oliver Skipp is the man he needs in such a big game to earn the point.

This is a teenager he put faith in to name above the likes of Wanyama on the bench too.

Skipp came on and did a job just in front of the back four for Spurs and he even played a ‘hand’ in the late VAR drama.

That marks two late appearances in two games for Skipp this season, indicating that Pochettino plans to use the midfielder more regularly this time around.

Skipp racked up eight Premier League appearances and 22 in total in the 2018/19 season, a number that he will surely eclipse during this campaign (Transfer Markt).

Let’s hope he gets the chance to start a few games soon.

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