Oliver Skipp has admitted that having to live on his own during his loan spell at Norwich City due to the UK’s lockdown restrictions has helped him to become a more mature individual.
Skipp has had a terrific season at Norwich so far and has received rave reviews from Daniel Farke for his performances and his attitude.
Some Spurs fans have been excited by the consistency the midfielder has displayed at Carrow Road this season and reports have indicated that Jose Mourinho has earmarked an important first-team role at Tottenham for the youngster this season.
Skipp revealed that his spell with the Championship has not only helped him become a better player but has also helped him to grow up.
The Tottenham academy graduate told the club’s official website: “I’ve had to live on my own due to lockdown restrictions. It’s not one of those (loans) where I’m going home every weekend.
“It’s helped me to develop outside of football and you can’t underestimate how important it is to get that right to make sure you are performing on the pitch.
“I have to say, Norwich have made it so easy to settle in, the squad and the staff have been brilliant, a really good, family club that have made the transition easy for me.
“It does help you grow up and become independent, having to do all the things you take for granted when you are younger, the things other people do, the things you don’t have to do yourself, so it’s been a really good experience in that way.
“I’ve learned a little about cooking and looking after myself, that’s the main thing. I made a nice Thai green curry. Well, the first time I made it I was really pleased, but the second time it wasn’t as good!”
However, Skipp, who was with the Young Lions squad competing in the Euro Under-21 Championship this week, admitted that he would have preferred to see the lockdown restrictions eased so that he could have experienced the atmosphere in different Championship grounds.
When asked about his family being unable to attend matches, the midfielder said: “They would have been at every game usually, and I’d want everyone there.
“They’ve watched every game on TV, but it’s not the same. They did manage to get to a couple before Christmas when we had 2,000 fans in, but that’s been most difficult.
“I’ve still not played in front of a full crowd in the Championship! So, I’ve not had that experience, a full stadium at Carrow Road, and you then think of some of the away games in the Championship, that’s something I’ve missed out on.
“I can’t complain though really when it’s going so well!
“Also, I haven’t really had much time to explore the city due to the coronavirus, and we’re constantly playing games and travelling.
“I guess we have to look at it as we’re lucky to still be able to play football. It’s been a year now since the first lockdown, and that just seems crazy.”
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