Unlike rival clubs Tottenham haven’t had much progress in developing their youth talent into first team players.
Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga are the only current members of the first team that have been awarded senior contracts after going through the clubs youth system.
However, on-loan midfielder Oliver Skipp has given Spurs a reason to be excited for the future.
Skipp has managed to rack up 23 appearances for the senior team, since his breakthrough in October 2018 and was rewarded with a new three-year contract with the option to extend for a fourth year on July 17th 2020.
Olivier Skipp has seen his game be compared to £15 million summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
The two deep-lying midfielders like to sit between the defence and midfield, dispossessing opposing attackers and covering for those out of position, while still being able to make a contribution going forward.
The 20 year old Englishman has received high praise from the likes of Daniel Farke to Jose Mourinho.
Mauricio Pochettino, gave Skipp his professional debut whilst managing the club and seemed to be a big admirer of the youngster.
“Fantastic, fantastic. I think he played like a 30-year-old man.
“He was 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.
“I think everyone is proud of him. He is only 18-years-old and I think it was fantastic.” said Pochettino after a 3-1 win on Skipp’s first senior start.
If you thought that Pochettino’s comments were a tribute to how good the England U21 is then the comments made by Mourinho will blow you away.
“I think he’s genuinely Tottenham’s future. He’s one of these players by human quality, by personality, he is one of these kids that I have no doubt he will be an important player for Tottenham.
“I never told him I want him to go on loan, I always told him I wanted him to stay here, because that’s the selfish perspective of a coach who wants the best possible squad. In his mind he wants to go on loan, six months, the whole season.
“I think he can be more than a player, he can be a future captain here. Hugo, Harry. I see this kid being one day a future captain here by his character, by his personality. I feel really happy that he signed.”
In August Skipp joined Championship side Norwich City on a season-long loan, in order to receive regular first team football whilst being able to help the Canaries compete for promotion back to the Premier League.
The decision to go on loan is looking to have paid off wonderfully for both parties, as Norwich currently sit 1st in the Championship with 53 points, while Skipp is being given a key role in a side who are on track to reach their ambitions set before the season kicked off.
The central midfielder has started all 25 of Norwich’s league games this season, creating 19 chances and having an 88.3% passing accuracy.
Skipp was also named Norwich’s Player of the Month for September.
With Skipp turning in quality performances week in and week, the big question is what will Spurs do with the youngster next season?
Will he be an understudy to Hojbjerg?, can he replace Sissoko?, will he go back out on loan?
Not much can be said on the matter at the moment but what we do know is that Spurs have a potential diamond on their books and must do whatever is necessary for him to succeed.
By Reece Coughlan