By Alex McLeish

9th Oct, 2021 | 2:00pm

Ex-manager tips Skipp for extended run in Tottenham starting XI after Hotspur Way reveal

Alex McLeish has tipped Oliver Skipp for an extended run in the Tottenham starting XI after a bright start to the season.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 21-year-old has a “great opportunity” to remain part of Spurs’ side for years to come.

As quoted by Football.London last week (October 2nd), Skipp claimed Nuno Espirito Santo is someone “he can learn from” in comparison to other managers.

The midfielder revealed the Portuguese boss is more involved on the training ground and does not rely on video analysis as much.

Skipp has played 83 per cent of minutes in Spurs’ Premier League games so far this season.

McLeish claimed Tottenham’s academy has “paid dividends” with the development of the “impressive” 21-year-old.

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“We haven’t seen many coming through. There really isn’t that many on the conveyor belt,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“Jose Mourinho came in and said he was going to be bringing youth players through. I thought that meant he didn’t have any money to spend.

“But when you see a young guy like Skipp coming through it’s such a breath of fresh air.

“Spurs will be thinking they have a chance with him.

“At some stage, your academy has to pay dividends and this kid has looked impressive.

“The new manager may have seen something in him and given him something mentally that will make him a Spurs regular.

“It’s a great opportunity for him at this moment in time with Tottenham considered a topsy-turvy side.”

Skipp spent last season out on loan at Norwich, helping them regain promotion to the top flight.

He has been capped 11 times for England’s U21 side.

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