Spurs youngster lauded for display v Mura, may have just 'booked his starting spot for Sunday'
Spurs picked up a confidence-boosting 5-1 win over NS Mura in Thursday night’s Europa Conference League clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo made nine changes from last weekend’s Premier League loss at Arsenal.
And the much-changed XI, plus several smart substitutions, ensured the north Londoners made light work of their opponents.
Dele Alli opened the scoring in the fourth minute from the penalty spot after Matko Obradovic brought him down in the box.
Giovani Lo Celso then doubled Spurs’ advantage four minutes later, picking up Harry Winks’ pass and rifling into the roof of the net.
Tottenham were then made to sweat early in the second half when Ziga Kous’ volley halved the deficit.
Spurs had to wait until midway through the second period before putting the game out of reach.
Harry Kane came off the bench to score a 20-minute hat-trick, boosting his confidence ahead of Tottenham’s return to league action.
One player who could well have been taken off with an eye to the Aston Villa game is Oliver Skipp, who shone against Mura.
Spurs gem “displayed plenty of energy”
The 21-year-old came off in 69th minute, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg taking his place.
Two media outlets hailed Skipp’s display and speculated he might be in line for a start on Sunday.
Football.london gave him 8 out of 10 and wrote: “Mopped up plenty in the middle, and in the first half he unleashed a low shot that flew just past the left-hand post.
“Another impressive display and he could well have booked his starting spot for Sunday.”
The Evening Standard, meanwhile, gave him 7 out of 10.
They wrote: “Displayed plenty of energy and bite in the middle of the park, and may well have been subbed to save his legs for Aston Villa on Sunday.”
Skipp, one of the brightest players to come through the Spurs ranks in recent years, has finally made his first-team breakthrough.
He seems to have found his feet after a tricky couple of weeks, and hopefully he’ll soon cement a spot in the XI.