Glenn Hoddle praises Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp after great performance against Brentford

‘His best game yet’: Glenn Hoddle praises Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp after great performance when Spurs beat Brentford – but boss Antonio Conte wants him to improve with the ball

  • Oliver Skipp was one of the standout players in Tottenham’s win on Thursday
  • Antonio Conte’s side defeated Brentford 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Central midfielder Skipp, 21, was composed on the ball the entire game
  • And ex-Spurs midfielder Glenn Hoddle insisted this was his best game for the club


Glenn Hoddle praised Tottenham star Oliver Skipp after a positive performance in his side’s win against Brentford, but manager Antonio Conte insisted he needed to improve with the ball.

Conte’s side went past the Bees on Thursday night, with an own goal from Sergi Canos and the second half from Son Heung-min to give them a 2-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

And former Spurs midfielder Hoddle had special admiration for central midfielder Skipp, 21, who was generally positive and progressive in possession and tigerish without the ball.

Glenn Hoddle praised Oliver Skipp for his performance in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Brentford

The central midfielder (left) was one of the best players when Antonio Conte's side triumphed

The central midfielder (left) was one of the best players when Antonio Conte’s side triumphed

He said: ‘Oliver Skipp – I thought it was his best game he played for Tottenham. There are times when he is a little frustrating where he looks square and retarded.

But he grows in the game, as soon as he is in possession he looks forward, he gets more confidence on the ball, progressive. If he can keep doing that consistently, he’ll be the player people talked to me about a few years ago.

“That’s the standard he’s set for himself, now he’s got to stick to it. At 21 you don’t know your game yet. He’s going to make progress and I think Conte knows what he wants from him. I think Oliver Skipp will get clarity from his manager about what he wants him to do on the pitch.”

But the Italian said after the game to Amazon: ‘He has to get better with the ball. Without the ball, he works very, very hard. In a month I have seen a lot of improvement with Skippy. He could become a top midfielder, but he has to keep working. He has the will and the desire to be a top player for the future at Tottenham.”

And former Spurs midfielder Glenn Hoddle praised Skipp's performance against the Bees

And former Spurs midfielder Glenn Hoddle praised Skipp’s performance against the Bees

But Italian manager Conte (pictured) insisted that Skipp should improve his work with the ball

But Italian manager Conte (pictured) insisted that Skipp should improve his work with the ball

Hoddle later stated that Conte’s side effect can be clearly seen in their recent performances.

He added: “It was quite an achievement, you can see the stepping stones going in there. They learn what Conte wants every game. Seven out of nine points is a good return and they now have a good run of games ahead of them, some big games left but progress is being made.

“A few weeks ago Conte was worried, the European away games were difficult, but in the league they are now starting to get going.

‘You see the progression there, the movement of the ball, the passing, they know how he wants to play. Slowly but surely the players tune in to what he wants.’

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