Oliver Skipp is expecting big things next season when he returns to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Embarking on a summer loan to connect with Norwich City, the youngster played a key role in the team’s quest to return to the Premier League for the first time he sought.
Starting with all 38 games in the championship so far, Norwich fans desperately want the midfielder to stay on Carrow Road, but deep down they know they will be wearing Tottenham’s colors again in August.
Concluding a long-term contract at the club last July, Jose Mourinho labeled his player as a “future captain” and claimed he could be “Tottenham’s future” which went extremely well with Spurs supporters.
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Given that many have been watching him closely this season for the Canaries, a lot will be seen on Thursday afternoon when he represented England at the European Under-21 Championships.
So how exactly did he act against Switzerland in Slovenia? football.london he glances.
A key part of the English U21 team over the past 12 months, Skipp has given a signal to manager Aidy Boothroyd in midfield, along with Everton’s Tom Davies.
Keeping things tidy and tidy when in possession, the 20-year-old bonded well early with Norwich teammate Max Aarons, but Callum Hudson-Odoi’s run won’t happen in the end.
A great fight in the middle of the field against Toni Domgjoni and Bastien Tome, Skipp did something that will really fall with Mourinho in the 16th minute.
Collecting the ball in his own half from Emile Smith Rowe, the Spurs midfielder more than played his part in the fast transition as he deliberately snapped forward and connected with Hudson-Odoi, while Davies shot a few seconds later as Skipp ran on. in that area.
After the break, the Welwyn-Garden City player continued to lead the match to Switzerland with a few more powerful runs.
He first ran urgently through the heart of the pitch, after initially breaking the game while Tom watched to attack his team, two minutes later he did the same as when he passed Andy Zeqiri, but Eddie Nketiah’s shot was blocked by the Swiss defense.
Dominating in the middle of the park, Skipp noticed one thing he was always looking to pull the ball forward and his passing had a purpose in that as he searched for his target.
Giving his defensive shot by throwing on a closer post from the corner, and later trying to stop one of the Swiss strikers on the edge of the field, he was definitely an outstanding player on a day he forgot about U21 as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat thanks to Dana’s accidental goal Ndoyea.
While some defensively oriented midfielders are seen as players who just interrupt the game and continue to give simple passes to teammates further on the field, a Spurs Academy graduate is someone who will come on the ball and immediately take the game to the opposition making lung advance.
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That was seen against Switzerland, and Spurs fans will notice it next season when he is part of Mourinho’s first team again.
Now they will be needed in their next two group stage matches, and the second comes 48 hours before Norwich travels to Preston on Good Friday, Boothroyd will hope his players can follow Skip’s example and seal their passage to the knockout stages of the competition.
Maybe not a great day for U21, as they lost the opening, Skipp gave Tottenham fans an insight into what’s coming in the midfield next season.