‘Phenomenal’ – Mourinho reacts to player’s performance against Norwich

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur took on Norwich City in the FA Cup fifth-round last night in North London, with a few changes to the normal starting line-up.

One name that may have raised a few eyebrows was young Oliver Skipp, who partnered fellow academy graduate Harry Winks in the centre of the pitch.

The reason this came as a surprise is because Skipp has only played seven games for Tottenham all season. Before last night, the only appearance that lasted more than 25 minutes came in the EFL Cup third-round against Colchester United (TransferMarkt).

Despite barely kicking a ball under Jose Mourinho, the teenager came in and played the full 120 minutes for Tottenham.

Skipp not only had the energy in his legs to see the game out, but he also left his mark, with his first-half tackle eventually leading to the Tottenham opener.

Jose Mourinho could not say enough about the youngster and his performance after the full-time whistle (Football London): “Phenomenal. Very, very good. Very, very good, solid performance. Even with the yellow card, I kept him for two hours, first of all, because Winks was in trouble, secondly because he was so solid, so mature, so confident that I was never afraid of a second yellow card coming.

“He was always in control of the game. We could see the difference also on the physical condition of him and the people who us playing all the time.”

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