Grant Hanley has lauded Tottenham Hotspur loanee Oliver Skipp and insisted that he plays as though he has 15 years of experience in the top flight under his belt, in comments reported by Eastern Daily Press.
Skipp has enjoyed a fantastic loan spell with Norwich City so far. The 20-year-old is one of only two members of Daniel Farke’s squad to have started every league game this season.
And he has been pivotal in putting the Canaries in the promotion driving seat. As noted by the Eastern Daily Press, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Spurs do not plan to recall Skipp this month.
And judging by Hanley’s comments on the youngster, it appears that holding onto him for the season is a huge boost for Norwich.
“Skippy’s got experience beyond his years really, he looks like he’s played at the top level for 10 or 15 years, it’s hard to think that he’s still so young,” he said, as reported by Eastern Daily Press.
“I know he gets a lot of credit but then he probably doesn’t get enough sometimes, because he does all the stuff that you love as a centre-half, Kenny’s the same.
“They both have top quality but the ugly side of the game they do so well and I don’t think they get enough credit for that – but they certainly do from us as centre-halves, we appreciate what they do.”
It does appear that this season has the potential to be a defining one for Skipp. It should certainly take him a step closer to earning a regular spot in the Tottenham side.
He may need to consider another loan next season – perhaps to a Premier League club. That is largely down to the quality Mourinho already has available to him.
But there will surely plenty of Spurs fans hoping that he enjoys a prominent role in North London from next term. He is certainly doing an outstanding job of staking a claim for a spot in Tottenham’s lineup upon his return.