Time and patience key for Skipp to flourish at City

Ollie Skipp can be a big player this season for Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ollie Skipp can be a big player this season for Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Ollie Skipp is a ‘perfect fit’ for Norwich City, but he will not get an easy ride from Daniel Farke.

The Tottenham loanee has experienced both sides of Championship life already this season following his season long loan move.

Skipp was excellent in the opening day win at Huddersfield but conceded a penalty and failed to track Scott Sinclair’s run for Preston’s second goal in a 2-2 draw at the weekend.

Farke is urging caution with the 20-year-old, who had only made three league starts for Spurs in his professional career.

“He might have got praise outside the camp after Huddersfield, but I can promise you he also got criticism inside because there were some topics where he can improve,” said Farke. “I am always careful not to praise young lads too soon.

“When you bring in a lad like Oliver Skipp and you are asking him to replace proper players who have been important for us in recent seasons, like Tom Trybull or Moritz Leitner, you have to be sure he was the right choice. We were unbelievably careful.

“We watched many of his games, studied many of his scenes and we spoke to many people to find out about his character.

“Then we were able to build the full picture and we had the feeling he is a perfect fit for us.

“It is never a guarantee it works out. But in terms of his personality he is so humble and he is brave and wants to develop. He will work hard every day.”

Skipp’s Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, has already talked him up as a future captain, and Farke can see such leadership qualities.

“We need those characters to wear the yellow shirt,” he said, speaking before Saturday’s game. “In terms of his skills he is good for our possession way, tidy and clean in his passes, makes good vertical passes and he also offers physicality. He wins plenty of balls.

“He still has to work on the tactical behaviour and the decision-making, when to stay in the centre and when to step out.

“Even after good games we can talk about these things.

“You have to keep in mind he is full of potential but he is such a young age and he hasn’t played consistently every week for 46 times over 90 minutes at this level. He has to prove he can do that.

“But he has the potential and the quality to improve us over these next months.”

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