Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he’s delighted with the development of Tottenham youngster Olivier Skipp and that should give him incredible belief.
The Spurs manager has shown a great willingness to promote youth during his time with the club and the midfielder could be the next off the production line of the academy.
Skipp was handed his first-team debut on Wednesday off the bench in the 3-1 win over West Ham in the Carabao Cup fourth round, which has set up a quarter-final tie away at Arsenal.
The 18-year-old is a no-nonsense defensive midfielder that is confident in possession and is certainly on the radar of the senior team now.
Pochettino’s delight over the youngster’s progression since the start of pre-season should give him major belief that more first-team opportunities are just around the corner.
“I am so happy. He made his debut at West Ham on Wednesday. Like always with the young you have to be patient. They need to feel with the capacity to play with the first team,” Pochettino said, as quoted by Football London.
”Then like always, they show every single day hunger, desire, passion about training, football and everything. Like always if they start to achieve important things it’s about keeping this hunger, desire, passion and prioritise football before other things and that will be a challenge. We are happy with how he has developed for the last four or five months.”
Skipp now knows he’s on the right path and Pochettino is definitely the right manager to oversee his rise.
The midfield enforcer can only continue to try catch the eye in training and his chances on the field should follow, especially given the amount of fixtures that will pile up for Spurs.
They travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday night in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see if he’s included in the matchday squad.