Tottenham boss Pochettino hands Oliver Skipp's season a lifeline

Florent Hadergjonaj of Huddersfield Town and Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium...

Tottenham youngster came off the bench in win.

Florent Hadergjonaj of Huddersfield Town and Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium...

Oliver Skipp came off the bench at the weekend in Tottenham Hotspur's win over Huddersfield.

Spurs were in cruise control, winning 4-0, and Mauricio Pochettino gave Skipp his first appearance at the new ground.

It was more than a token gesture, it was a reminder that the 18-year-old remains in his plans.

 

The decision was a clever move, removing any anxiety which may build for the teenager over when his first appearance at the new stadium might be.

Skipp has barely featured in recent weeks and it was looking like his involvement this season could have been over.

With Spurs at the crunch end of the campaign and Victor Wanyama returning to form and fitness, Skipp has often failed to make the bench.

Oliver Skipp of Tottenham during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Wembley Stadium on December 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

His last appearance prior to his 16 minutes at the weekend was the win over Leicester City, back on February 10.

He was not in the squad for Tottenham's home games against Palace and Manchester City.

Pochettino has signalled he has not forgotten about the youngster.

Skipp has already made strong progress this season, and Pochettino wants to keep that momentum up, without over exposing him too soon.

Oliver Skipp #52 of Tottenham Hotspur handles the ball in the second half against AC Milan during the International Champions Cup 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium on July 31, 2018 in Minneapolis,...

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