Oliver Skipp is close to putting pen to paper on an improved contract with Tottenham Hotspur as a reward for his rise this season, a report claims.
Tottenham welcomed Oliver Skipp back into the fold this summer after a useful loan spell with Norwich City. While the club he was with last season have struggled with the step back up to the top flight, Skipp has taken it in his stride with Spurs.
The midfielder made 18 appearances in the Premier League, including 14 starts, before an injury halted his progress in January. His absence has been concerning for Antonio Conte.
Therefore, his return to action will be much awaited in north London. His presence in the Tottenham midfield would not just be important for the remainder of the season, but also for years to come.
At least, that will be the case as and when Skipp agrees a new contract with the club. His current terms are due to expire in 2024. In other words, his deal will enter its final two years in the summer.
Keen to protect a player who could have a big future with them, Tottenham have been tipped to reward Skipp with a new contract since September. It appears progress has been made.
According to Football.London, a “positive conclusion” is now close for Skipp with regards to a new contract. He is set to receive “bumper” new terms, although the exact financial details are understandably not disclosed.
The 21-year-old could consequently become a key cornerstone of Tottenham’s future. It would be a success story for their academy, who developed Skipp over a number of years for him to get to this point.
Harry Kane, Harry Winks and Japhet Tanganga are the other academy graduates currently in Conte’s senior squad. England captain Kane has certainly enjoyed the most productive pathway through the ranks.
Now, it will be up to Skipp to continue to forge his own path in the years to come, which he should continue to spend in the white kit of Tottenham Hotspur.
Antonio Conte wants another midfielder like Oliver Skipp
Last week, when speaking at a press conference, head coach Conte said he needs Skipp, or at least someone else like him, after feeling his absence heavily.
Conte said: “We are talking about a player who was playing very well. We need him. We need to have another midfielder with his type of characteristic.”
The other central players at Conte’s disposal are Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur and Winks. They have had to share duties between them while Skipp has been on the sidelines.
It will be interesting to see how he returns after his setback. But Tottenham have faith that he will be a pivotal part of their future.
There are no clues as to when an announcement may be made over his potential new contract. But when it comes, it will undoubtedly be good news for the club.