If there’s one thing that Mauricio Pochettino deserves a lot of credit for at Tottenham, it’s his focus on young players. Both signed and developed, Pochettino hasn’t let age be a barrier for an opportunity, with plenty of youngsters making their name under the Argentine in North London.
Dele Alli is perhaps the most prominent example, but the rise of Harry Winks has been spectacular too. Clearly a brilliant player in the eyes of Pochettino, Winks has regularly been given first team minutes over the years, despite the quality on show in the Spurs midfield, and now, fast forward a couple of seasons, he’s now a player that is more than capable of playing regularly for Tottenham.
This is an attitude that he simply must continue to take, then, and the next player off of the Pochettino production line should undoubtedly be Oliver Skipp.
Arguably the player with the highest potential skill ceiling in the Tottenham academy, Skipp is a central midfielder by trade. Offering a perfect balance of attack and defence, the 18-year-old is cool and composed in possession, is able to pass brilliantly and, like Mousa Dembele, has fantastic ball retention skills.
However, he also is able to offer a lot defensively. He’s a hard worker and isn’t afraid to put in a tough challenge, and given Tottenham’s struggle to control games as of late, that’s an important attribute that they are lacking at present. Furthermore, he’s also relentless in his energy and pressing, making him the perfect all-around midfielder.
Whilst Harry Winks perhaps has more offensive pedigree, Skipp is well-rounded, and with a few years development, there is no doubting that he has the ability to make a name for himself in the Tottenham first team. With Dembele getting on in years and Eric Dier struggling, there is scope for further midfield improvement at Spurs – and Skipp should be given a chance to stake a claim.
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