Skipp latest academy graduate to impress proud Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino is backing Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp to make it to the top after he made his first senior start in the 1-0 win against Burnley.
The 18-year-old, who made his Premier League debut against Southampton as a substitute 10 days ago, was thrown into the starting line-up against the Clarets after Eric Dier was ruled out.
And he did not look out of place as he used the ball well, completing 46 successful passes, before being sacrificed in the final 15 minutes as Spurs chased the breakthrough, which eventually game in stoppage time courtesy of Christian Eriksen.
Pochettino, who celebrated his 100th Premier League win as Spurs manager, believes that Skipp’s demeanour before the game shows he is destined for big things.
On his display, the Spurs manager said: “Fantastic, fantastic, I think he played like a 30-year-old man. “So relaxed, trying to play forward and trying to give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy, full energy, I am so proud of him.”
Skipp is the 13th player to have come through the academy used by Pochettino in his four-year spell and with Spurs unable to match the spending of their top-four rivals, their youth system is a vital source.
Spurs’ win may have come late, but it was deserved as they controlled the game against Burnley, who set up to take a point home.
Manager Sean Dyche used a back three for the first time this season and although ultimately it could not prevent a sixth away defeat, he was happy with how it went. “We’ve had an up and down time. The reason I changed it is because I think the mentality is coming back. And when we’re mentally right they are well-minded to take on whatever. They can be very receptive to new ideas.”
Meanwhile, Dier has had surgery to remove his appendix and is expected to return to training in January. He had been suffering acute abdominal pain. – PA