Mourinho to give Tottenham teen major role when PL season resumes - Sources
Jose Mourinho is planning to give teenage Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp a major role when the Premier League season resumes, Football Insider has learned.
The 19-year-old was starting to find his feet in the Spurs first team before the suspension of football earlier this month.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Skipp has made a strong impression on Mourinho and he is set to be a key player when the campaign eventually restarts.
This comes at a time when the north Londoners are working on handing the home-grown star a new contract.
As revealed by Football Insider, Tottenham want to tie down Skipp in the same way as another of their highly rated young players Troy Parrott, who signed a new three-year deal last month.
The central midfielder is even further advanced than the young striker in terms of top-level experience.
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Skipp has made 20 appearances for Tottenham and was named in the starting XI for the club’s two matches before the postponement of football across Britain and Europe.
Skipp signed his current contract in August 2018 but FA rules for 17-year-old meant it only ran for three years.
Mourinho raved about Skipp’s “phenomenal” performance after his 120-minute run out in the FA Cup defeat to Norwich City and he then started the subsequent 1-1 Premier League draw against Burnley.
That match may be recalled for Tanguy Ndombele being subbed at half-time and for Mourinho strongly criticising his lack of running and effort afterwards.
Skipp was also hooked at the midway point in that game, although the manager made clear he had no issue with the youngster’s work ethic or willingness to do the hard yards.
In other Tottenham news, Mourinho is to bin Spurs player who’s gone ‘full Rogue’ to reveal he prefers Pochettino’s ways.