Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp is happy to battle senior teammates for a starting place.
The now 22-year-old midfielder is finally back and fully fit but has the formidable presence of the constantly improving Rodrigo Bentancur and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ahead of him, along with summer signing Yves Bissouma.
“I think the level of the club, of all the clubs in the Premier League, is increasing all the time. We’re in the Champions League this year, we’ve got internationals in every position – internationals that haven’t played much either – so the quality is there and we know that as a squad we have talent all over the pitch. As a club, we’re always looking to improve as well, so that keeps everyone on their toes,” Skipp said in an interview with the club’s most recent matchday programme.
“It is a strong squad that we’ve got and you have to work hard. I don’t want to use all the boring clichés but it’s true, you just have to train well and do everything that you can when you get those opportunities to play. When people are playing well, you’re always pushing, but you know that you’ve got to be at your top level to get into the team.”
Those ‘people’ are Bentancur and Hojbjerg and Skipp admits he has been studying the duo closely to add to his learning in the past year.
“To be fair, those two especially have been brilliant this season,” he continued. “I think in the last month or so they’ve even gone on another level again, so I’m watching and learning from them, trying to take bits from their games and seeing what they’re doing well at the moment.
“They’re getting more goals and assists this season which they’ve added to their game, so they’ve been fantastic for us and credit to them. I think all the midfield group, with Yves and the young lads as well, Harvey White and Pape Matar Sarr, we’re all pushing each other.”