Mauricio Pochettino has made a conscious and successful endeavour to bring Tottenham’s bright young talents through the youth teams and into the senior side since he took charge in 2015, and he has enjoyed huge success in the process.
Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Winks were all handed opportunities under Pochettino from a very young age, and Tottenham’s midweek victory over West Ham suggested that trend is set to continue.
Pochettino was forced to rotate his squad after playing Manchester City just two days earlier on a torrid Wembley pitch as a handful of seldom seen players were given the chance to impress.
But, perhaps most notably, Tottenham academy product Oliver Skipp was handed his Spurs debut in the 84th minute when he entered proceedings in place of Christian Eriksen.
It was a landmark moment for a player who has been touted as a future first-team regular, and it arrived on a day wedged between two A-level exams.
Tuesday 3pm: A-Level History
Wednesday 9.28pm: Spurs debut
Thursday 8.30am: A-Level Economics
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 1, 2018
That’s quite the turnaround for a player who is only 18-years-old and the supporters on Twitter were completely blown away by his ability to balance his education alongside a budding professional football career.
Excitement is building amongst the supporters about how far Skipp can go with the club, and it seems they have been thoroughly impressed by both his debut cameo and his ability to roll out of bed the following morning to sit an Economics exam.
Here’s what the Tottenham fans have had to say about Skipp following his debut performance…
He looked sharp when he came on last night. His positional awareness was the first observation I made. He looks like a natural in that sense.
— Football And The City (@ballandthecity) November 1, 2018
Couldn’t be prouder! COYS!
— Jay Read (@simplyjambo) November 1, 2018
The lads living a dream, well done to him.
— James of Suffolk (@SpursInSuffolk) November 2, 2018
Skipp outstanding son keep up the good work #COYS
— Lee (@AFSInstallation) November 1, 2018
What a man
— Isaiah Cole (@isaiahjcole) November 1, 2018
— ø (@SoulsboyMb) November 1, 2018
It’s hard to watch other people living your dream
— Marcus (@Delecopter) November 1, 2018
Happy for the lad & he certainly didn’t look out of his depth but more importantly, proud of @SpursOfficial for continuing to nurture & develop young, British players. Vital for both #club and #country #COYS
— TJ Ramini (@TJRamini) November 1, 2018