Highly rated Tottenham Hotspur youngster Oliver Skipp has travelled with the first-team ahead of the crunch Champions League clash with PSV Eindhoven.
The midfielder was recently named as a substitute against Barcelona by Mauricio Pochettino, and could be named on the bench once again as Spurs seek their first points of their 2018/19 Champions League campaign.
Skipp is yet to make his senior debut, but by all accounts that is going to happen sooner rather than later.
Spurs are not inundated with holding midfielders, so there’s a good chance that Skipp will get his chance in due course.
His quality has even been recognised by Christian Eriksen, who issued a glowing report of Skipp this summer.
As the youngster trains with the first-team in Holland, it’s worth remembering at this point what Eriksen said.
‘He is not scared’
As quoted by football.london, the Dane said at the start of the season: “All of the young players have really shown great character. But I think the guy who’s the youngest is probably Skippy, who’s really taken the game in his hands and is trying to do his thing. He’s been very good.
“He is not scared to get the ball, he is not scared to go forward and he is not scared to tackle. He’s an all-round midfielder. And I think with a lot of training, as he gets older, he will be there.”
It’s a pretty promising assessment of Skipp, from a player of high quality himself.
Supposedly Skipp is excellent technically and is very assured in possession of the ball.
It remains to be seen if Pochettino will afford him any minutes against PSV given the high stakes nature of the game.
But Skipp’s lack of fear is a very promising trait and he could easily open the door at any moment now after months of knocking, especially given the number of first-team injuries at the moment.