As Tottenham Hotspur gears up to face Aston Villa in the Premier League clash on Sunday, November 26, all eyes are on midfielder Oliver Skipp, who has found himself on the fringes of regular game time this season. Spurs manager Ange Postecoglou, in a pre-match discussion, expressed optimism about Skipp’s potential contribution and emphasized the challenges the young midfielder faces.
Speaking about the 23-year-old midfielder, Postecoglou acknowledged Skipp’s limited playing time this season, revealing that despite starting the opening game, Skipp has only made six appearances from the bench. However, the manager hinted at positive developments for Skipp in training, highlighting the player’s impressive performances.
“Skippy has been working hard in training. He’s obviously one of the guys who has stayed back with us — we’ve had four or five,” Postecoglou revealed, according to statements quoted by Football London. He went on to commend Skipp’s recent efforts, stating, “He’s done a lot of good work, the last couple of weeks. He’s working hard, waiting for his opportunity.”
Despite Skipp’s commendable training performances, the challenge now lies in translating that success onto the field during matches. Postecoglou emphasized that Skipp, along with other players, is on the brink of getting more playing time due to the absence of several key players in the squad.
“The challenge for him, for all the guys, is there’s no doubt the way we are at the moment with the numbers, they’ll all get an opportunity to play. It’s about what they do with that,” Postecoglou stated. He underlined that Skipp has already demonstrated his ability to make an impact when coming on as a substitute and emphasized the importance of seizing the opportunities that lie ahead.