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'He played beautifully': Commentator blown away by 21-year-old Tottenham youngster's display vs K-League today
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'He played beautifully': Commentator blown away by 21-year-old Tottenham youngster's display vs K-League today

Tottenham Hotspur and Antonio Conte kicked off their pre-season against South Korean outfit Team K League today. Antonio Conte’s team ran out 6-3 winners in what was an eventful game. 

Conte’s new signing Richarlison, as well as Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, were on display at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. But it was the Spurs academy prospect Oliver Skipp who caught the eye in the first-half, before being substituted at half-time. 

Commentator Rob Daly waxed lyrical about the 21-year-old’s performance on Spurs Play, in what was his first game back since suffering a groin injury back in January. 

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He said of Skipp’s performance: “He’s played beautifully in this first half, Skipp. His first appearance since January remember.” 

The England U21 International was a mainstay in Conte’s side after the manager joined Spurs back in November last year. But after being sidelined in January, he was unavailable for the rest of the season. 

And after a performance like that, you can see why the Italian loves him. Skipp won a crucial header in the first half, as well as looking composed and comfortable on the ball. 

The Englishman was playing in a slightly deeper role than Rodrigo Bentancur and in their first game together, they looked like a solid partnership. Skipp is a player that can be crucial for Tottenham and despite his lack of experience at the top level, he plays with a maturity beyond his years. 

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Spurs actually dipped into the market to bring in Rodrigo Bentancaur from Juventus for an initial fee of £15.9 million (BBC) after Skipp suffered the injury. And the youngster now faces stiff competition for a place in the middle of the park in Conte’s side. 

Tottenham have also recently added Yves Bissouma to the squad for £30 million (BBC) from Brighton & Hove Albion. So, Skipp will have to battle it out with the Mali International as well as Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. 

TBR’s View: It Could Be a Big Season Ahead For Skipp 

Skipp faces a big fight for a place in Conte’s side this season, but he’s more than up to the task. The youngster was one of Spurs’ standout players before the injury last season and looks to be picking back up where he left off. 

The midfielder has also been handed the number four squad number at Spurs this year and while it is only a number, it could mean he is a vital part for Conte’s plans for central midfield. 

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