Tottenham Hotspur loanee Oliver Skipp has expressed disappointment at the fact he hasn’t “played the games I wanted to in previous seasons” while at Spurs, in conversation with Pink Un.
The 19-year-old left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week to link up with Norwich, who are back in the Championship after a season in the Premier League.
To date, Skipp has made three appearances in pre-season for the Canaries, coming on as a second-half sub against MK Dons and playing the first half against German side Verl.
On Wednesday, the midfielder was once again named in the starting XI as Dynamo Dresden were beaten at Delbrucker Sport-Club.
Skipp put in a tenacious display, earning a booking just 10 minutes in but still weighing in with some solid challenges afterwards, en route to a 2-0 win.
Speaking to Pink Un after the game, he spoke of how the style of play at Tottenham’s academy matches the one utilised by Daniel Farke at Norwich.
He also admitted he needed to kick on in terms of getting first-team football as he hadn’t got as much game time as he’d have wanted whilst at N17.
“The boss here is big on the number six playing out and trying to get our attacking players on the ball; to feed them in between the lines,” said Skipp. “In this team you get a lot of the ball.
“At the Spurs academy they drill that into you so I believe I can help. I haven’t played the games I wanted to in previous seasons and I need to kick on.”
Worrying comments by Skipp, a player who both Jose Mourinho and predecessor Mauricio Pochettino are incredibly fond of.
“I think he’s genuinely Tottenham’s future,” Mourinho said just last month.
Pochettino, meanwhile, said in 2018: “He’s a top player and a top kid and I’m sure he will have a very successful career.”
Admittedly, Skipp has not long signed a new contract at Spurs, but if he shines at Norwich – as he’s likely to – then he’ll have loads of suitors eager to give him first-team football.
When he returns from loan, Tottenham will need to promise him plenty of game time, otherwise, he could well look for minutes elsewhere.