Former West Ham United defender Danny Gabbidon has called for Oliver Skipp to show more composure after he squandered an easy opportunity to score his first goal for Tottenham Hotspur yesterday.

The academy graduate was named in Antonio Conte’s starting eleven for the second game in a row when he took his place in the middle of the park alongside Pape Matar Sarr as a late replacement for Yves Bissouma who was injured in the warm up ahead of the FA Cup third round clash against Portsmouth.

After a frustrating first half with saw the north Londoners fail to register a shot on target, it was Harry Kane who broke the deadlock five minutes after the break when he exchanged passes with Ryan Sessegnon before curling into the far corner from 18 yards out.

Skipp could have doubled their advantage just eighteen minutes later when Bryan Gil squared the ball to him inside the penalty area and with the goal gaping, he blasted the ball over the crossbar into the single tier south stand.

“Oliver Skipp should score, it’s quite simple,” Gabbidon said on the BBC Red Button.

“I thought there was a possible offside but he needs to show a bit more composure, go with the sidefoot. He just lashes at the ball and blazes over the bar.”

Oliver Skipp

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The 22-year-old knew exactly how good a chance he had missed when he put his hands on his head immediately after and stared into space to reflect on a simple opportunity, which did not exactly please Antonio Conte on the touchline judging by his reaction.

Skipp was certainly not at his best against the League One outfit and did not have a confident game against Palace in midweek; he is risking at this time being surpassed by Pape Matar Sarr as the next in line behind the likes of Bentancur, Hojbjerg and Bissouma.

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