Skipp inspired by how Kane bounced back from his City loan frustrations
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Tottenham talent Oliver Skipp is eagerly learning every lesson he can at Norwich City after advice from England captain Harry Kane, who learned plenty despite disappointing loans at clubs including the Canaries when he was younger.
The prolific Spurs star failed to score during five appearances of an injury-hit spell at Norwich during 2012-13 and also had stints at Leyton Orient, Millwall and Leicester before becoming the world class striker he is today.
Kane was 19 when he joined Chris Hughton’s squad in the Premier League but England Under-21 midfielder Skipp, who turned 20 in September, has started all 11 of City’s Championship games so far.
Of his Tottenham team-mate, Skipp said: “I didn’t actually speak to him (about Norwich) but as you probably know he went on a number of loans and he said to me that he felt it was great for his development, albeit some of them didn’t go the way that he wanted.
“But I think when he got back to Spurs that really helped him to develop in areas which he needed to and then kick on to become the player that he has done.
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“I feel like going out of your comfort zone can really help you as a player.”
Speaking to the Along Come Norwich podcast, he added of how Kane recovered from his frustrating Canaries stint: “It just shows what can happen when you are driven to succeed.”
MORE: England star reflects on ill-fated loan spell at Norwich CityIn a wide ranging conversation about his first four months at City, Skipp discussed the areas of his game he’s hoping to develop, having enjoyed success as the deep-lying central midfield partner to the more adventurous Lukas Rupp for the majority of the recent seven-game unbeaten run.
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The youngster demonstrated his attacking instincts on Tuesday when he teed up a goal for Bayern Munich prospect Jamal Musiala as the England U21s thrashed Albania 5-0 at Molineux.
“I think there’s definitely more to come from me,” said Skipp. “I feel like these first 11 games I can definitely improve upon. I feel like perhaps when there’s space I can really drive into those spaces.
“I think the last game against Swansea, it’s easier to do it against teams that come out as well, where there is space and you can carry the ball. I feel like I haven’t shown that as much as I can do maybe, more forward driving runs.”
MORE: Skipp determined to impress Spurs as he develops with Canaries and England U21sSkipp has an ideal defensive midfield role model to work alongside this season in Alex Tettey, with the 34-year-old former Norway international in his ninth and potentially final season at City - making just two appearances so far during 2020-21.
“I’ve learned a lot,” the loanee said of Tettey. “Off the pitch firstly, he’s a great character to have around the changing room, you can see the Premier League experience that he has, especially to the younger lads, I’ve really noticed that.
“For example, Bali (Mumba) or myself, he’s always constantly talking to us to ensure that we’re playing to our full potential and getting the most out of each session, each game, so off the pitch he’s a massive figure around the dressing room.
“And then on the pitch, just to see his drive to still train every day is just really good to see as a younger player and pushes you on.”
MORE: Spurs loanee already feels he’s improved under City boss FarkeSkipp played 74 minutes of the Young Lions’ win on Tuesday but remained on the bench for a 3-1 home win over Albania four days earlier, so should return to club action feeling relatively fresh.
Saturday’s game at Middlesbrough kicks off a hectic spell of 12 games in six weeks for the Canaries and, with nine substitutes named and five allowed to be brought on after a change in EFL rules this week, Skipp is bracing for an intense spell.
“It is hard,” he continued. “I think you can see across every league the amount of injuries is really taking its toll on every player but I feel at Norwich we’ve got the squad which is capable of getting through these periods because we’ve got strength in depth all over the pitch.
“So these back-to-back games are good for the squad, as we perhaps have more depth than other teams, so we can really utilise our depth over the coming weeks to keep everyone fresh.
“It has been difficult, especially for me, because last season and I didn’t play so many minutes and now it’s gone from one extreme to the other but it’s something I’m really enjoying, any time out on the pitch is full enjoyment.”
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