The Athletic has revealed that Liverpool midfielder James Milner is a player that Tottenham starlet Oliver Skipp looks up to.

Skipp has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Spurs under Antonio Conte, which earned him a bumper new five-year contract until 2027. 

The 21-year-old has transitioned into Premier League life seamlessly after a successful loan spell with Norwich last year, and has made 28 appearances in all competitions so far (Transfermarkt). 

However, he has not featured at all since January in Tottenham’s defeat at Chelsea after picking up a pelvic injury and a subsequent infection.

A return this season has not been ruled out just yet (Jonathan Veal), Skipp is likely to be working as hard as he can to get himself back in action as soon as possible.

And he will be looking in the direction of one tenacious midfielder for inspiration, with The Athletic revealing that Milner is just one player that Skipp admires. 

The report details that the England U21 international has modelled his game around the Liverpool man’s ‘dedication, athleticism and maturity’ which has helped him to settle into a first-team environment from the off. 

Milner, 36, has spent a 20-year career across seven clubs playing in a multitude of different positions in some of the biggest fixtures in world football. He has also represented England on 61 occasions, scoring once (Transfermarkt).  

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Milner’s career is something Skipp should definitely look up to and there are a few similarities that can be seen in their games. 

They are both no-nonsense and like to keep their football simple and they seem to have a good mindset. Hopefully, Skipp can shake off this injury and can try to emulate the longevity in Milner’s career 

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