Player watch: Oliver Skipp

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I haven’t seen anything in Skipp yet that makes me think he’ll be a big player for us..... but..... he’s 18 and I trust Poch. He hasn’t done badly but he has given away possession quite a few times (though won it back a couple of times). He’s steady, works hard and he’s put a couple of good through balls in but mainly he’s safe and defensive minded, which is appreciated by Poch.

Although he’s a little underwhelming at the moment, that’s not necessarily a bad thing at this stage. We’d all like to see a kid given a chance and to do a Rooney against arsenal but wonderkids happen so rarely. The fact he’s playing games for a title chasing (😎) and champions league chasing (😎😎) team shows how confident Poch is of him. He obviously has lots of potential.

It wouldn’t surprise me to see him out on loan next season to a good club, depending on if we do any midfield business in the summer.
 

fortworthspur

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Skipp is also a year and a half younger than Rice. At Skipp's age, Rice at played 1 minute in the PL and was getting ready to make his first real contributions.
TBF, its not like Poch has a lot of options at the moment. I guess he could recall Onomah but I think he's given up on him.
 

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People also need to stop comparing him to players who are a whole two years ahead when it comes to football development. There are few in his age group at the moment that have made any sort of mark.

Comparisons with these players are more fair

https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...0-of-the-best-talents-at-premier-league-clubs

Or this

https://www.theguardian.com/footbal...0-of-the-best-young-talents-in-world-football

Though a lot of them (Kean, Sancho, vinicius and a lot of others) are of the developmental year ahead of skipp. In any case very few players from his generation are yet to make many crossroads into the professional game. Which is natural, after all it's only there second year of doing football full-time.
 

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There is a huge struggle to bridge the gap from being a youngster to b coming good enough to play for a top six side.

Just the fact Skipp is getting some game time is pretty huge for him.

Really not going to judge him at all right now.
 

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A little bittersweet moment for Skipp, I imagine.

Train most of the season with the Senior team, but lead the U18s out for the first match in the new stadium.
 

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Not sure why there would be any bitterness. Sure he's loving every second.
Its bittersweet - not bitterness.

If Skipp were more entrenched with the senior team, he would not be there today.

I am sure he is both happy to be there today, and hopeful that his U18 matches are soon behind him.
 

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Its bittersweet - not bitterness.

If Skipp were more entrenched with the senior team, he would not be there today.

I am sure he is both happy to be there today, and hopeful that his U18 matches are soon behind him.
And bittersweat means a sweet memory touched with a bit of regret (bitterness).
 

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Don’t really get anything bittersweet about today for him at all. There’s very few players entrenched in a 1st team squad at 18. I’m sure he’s still aware he is essentially on trial with the senior squad. I’m sure today was one of the proudest moments in his life. Slightly odd he wasn’t captain tbh but he was excellent today and probably our best player as he should be really.
 

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Don’t really get anything bittersweet about today for him at all. There’s very few players entrenched in a 1st team squad at 18. I’m sure he’s still aware he is essentially on trial with the senior squad. I’m sure today was one of the proudest moments in his life. Slightly odd he wasn’t captain tbh but he was excellent today and probably our best player as he should be really.
thats why he will make it his attitude and passion will set him apart.
 

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If he was in the first team you'd play him surely. Would make much more sense to play him than not. Great opportunity to get him/a first team squad member accustomed to the new stadium when there's no first team training with international duty over the weekend
 

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When you watch Rice play Skipp is so far off his level. Sell him and let him get on with his career, he will never make it at spurs
Where was Rice at Skipp's age?

Yes Rice is a good player with bags of potential, but Skipp is certainly in the right direction to become as good as Rice if not better.
Give him time he is still so young.
 

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Its bittersweet - not bitterness.

If Skipp were more entrenched with the senior team, he would not be there today.

I am sure he is both happy to be there today, and hopeful that his U18 matches are soon behind him.
Given we’ve not had a game for 3 weeks he’d be playing any game somewhere for the club where he’s eligible. Nothing to do with not being more entrenched in the first team IMO.
 

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Where was Rice at Skipp's age?

Yes Rice is a good player with bags of potential, but Skipp is certainly in the right direction to become as good as Rice if not better.
Give him time he is still so young.
He's 18 months younger - a lot can change in that time, so very hard to tell really

What's clear is that, at present, Rice is thriving at both Prem and international level (the latter of which is easier IMO, certainly in the qualifying stages anyway).

I'd say that Skipp isn't quite ready for the Prem - he'd be fine in the Championship, but I think he's not quite there as regards the Prem. So the only thing we can really say right now is that Rice is comfortably the better player. In my opinion, he's going to remain so, but let's see.
 

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Saw Rice for the first time in CM last night, looks a real player. It would wrong at this stage to compare him to Skipp, who knows where he'll be in a couple of years.
 
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