Tottenham overcame a tough West Ham side yesterday, winning 3-1 at The London Stadium in the 4th round of the Carabao Cup and setting up a quarter-final tie with Arsenal. With the score at 3-1 and around five minutes on the clock, Oliver Skipp came on for Christian Eriksen to make his professional debut and it’s a moment he won’t forget.
Win at West Ham
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) 1 November 2018
In truth, Skipp had little to do after coming on a sub, howeverm he helped keep possession and look well composed in and around the West Ham penalty area as he helped The Lilywhites see out the final few minutes and avenge the club’s 3-2 loss at this stage in the same competition from last season at Wembley. He did that, though, and after training all week with the first-team, he can expect more chances to be coming his way.
At the age of just 17, it’s so important that Oliver Skipp has his game time managed for the senior side. Mauricio Pochettino is very keen on acting upon the old cliche, if you’re good enough you’re old enough – and Skipp is certainly good enough. His tidy performances from a slightly deeper role would make him a superb option alongside a tougher tackling midfielder like Eric Dier and with the Lilywhites having a lot of fixtures to get through in the next few months, we could be about to see a lot more from Skipp.
You can read The Spurs fans’ verdict on Winks here:
Eriksen was trying to put the armband on him
— Musa (@Musathfc) 1 November 2018
Should have thrown on the armband too
— CH 5 (@CH5thfc) November 1, 2018
Everything about Skipp shows promise.
— Norman Goldner (@nlygo) November 1, 2018
Good energy from the lad
— Jack (@usspursfan) November 1, 2018
High hopes for Skipp,whenever I’ve seen him he does everything correctly.
— spw….esq. (@WallisEsq) November 1, 2018
Just to know these boys personally is a great honour, then he gets to run out on the pitch wearing that shirt and play with them! What a lucky boy you are!! Keep up the good work and enjoy every moment of it!!
— Head-S’Port (@head_s_port) 1 November 2018
Really like this guy.COYS
— Shivvy10 (@shivfurlong10) November 1, 2018
The fact the eriksen jokingly tried to give him the armband says so much about what the first team think about him! I can't wait to see him in the team again!
— Ben Barker (@BenBark49597593) November 1, 2018
The Lilywhites all think very highly of Skipp and will be keen to see him show what he’s made of in the Premier League.