Alasdair Gold has revealed a teasing update on the current condition of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Oliver Skipp.
What’s the latest?
In a recent report for football.london, Gold relayed the comments of Antonio Conte regarding the injury of the central midfielder, in which the Italian appeared to suggest that the 21-year-old could finally be in line for a return to first-team football after the upcoming international break.
Speaking about the England U21 international, the 52-year-old said: “About Skippy, I hope to have him after the international break. His pain is getting better and better.”
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An update supporters will love
While it is true that the January signing of Rodrigo Bentancur has somewhat eased the loss of Skipp in the middle of the park, the news that the midfielder could be available for selection for the Newcastle United fixture on April 3 is sure to be an update the Tottenham Hotspur faithful will love.
Indeed, the youngster has proven to be something of a revelation for Spurs over his 18 Premier League outings this season, with the £18m-rated dynamo having become a first-team regular under the management of Conte, something that is not surprising considering the 21-year-old has made an average of 0.7 interceptions, 1.8 tackles, 42.3 passes and won 3.6 duels – at a success rate of 54% – per appearance.
These metrics have seen the £24k-per-week academy product average a highly impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.81, ranking him as Tottenham’s joint 15th-best performer in the top flight of English football in the current campaign.
As such, while it would appear as if Skipp remains unavailable for the West Ham United clash on Sunday, the news that the player who Jose Mourinho dubbed a “future captain” looks as if he will be back in time for Tottenham’s Premier League run-in is undoubtedly fantastic for Conte and his side – as the return of the tenacious midfielder will almost certainly increase the club’s chances of going on to secure a top-four finish in the league come the end of the season.