Tottenham’s academy has worked brilliantly in producing first teamers in recent years and Oliver Skipp is surely the next star off that production line.
The 18-year-old has all the potential to follow in the footsteps of Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Kyle Walker-Peters.
He is a central midfielder that is certainly on the rise and he made his seventh first-team appearance for Spurs in the club’s last game.
Skipp completed 90 minutes in the third round of the FA Cup, as the north London club annihilated Tranmere Rovers 7-0 away from home.
The Spurs academy graduate helped control the tempo with his passing and he also chipped in with two assists, which included a defence-splitting pass through to Fernando Llorente.
It’s easy to get carried away with teenage talents, but Skipp looks a mature player on young shoulders and he’s at the right club to earn more senior opportunities.
Spurs are definitely short of options in the centre of the park and it’s reasonable to expect the England Under-18 internatonal to step into a more prominent role in the second half of the season.
Pochettino’s side face Chelsea on Tuesday night in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals and it will be intriguing to see if Skipp is included in the squad, which would be a sign or progress.