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Antonio Conte: Oliver Skipp has what it takes to become top midfielder at Tottenham

The owner of Tottenham Antonio Conte trust Oliver Skipp has what it takes to become a top midfielder after he starred in the 2-0 win over Brentford

The 21-year-old showed the upper hand in midfield as Spurs won through Sergi Canos’ own own goal and Son Heung-min’s second-half strike to move within distance to touch the top four.

Skipp, who comes from the club’s academy system and is an England Under-21 international, has impressed Conte, who says he can take him to the top.

“This player is very young. He has a lot of room for improvement. He played with high intensity, great passion, great heart, with all his soul. It is very important.

“He doesn’t care if I’m only 21. Today he played well. I think I can improve him a lot in terms of possession and technique. We’re talking about an important prospect. We are very happy for him.

“Sure and he has to improve with the ball, no? Owned. This player, without the ball, he works very hard.

“Sure, the part he has to improve is on the ball but in a month I have seen Skippy improve a lot. He is a player who always wants to improve.

“The present and the future depend on him. If he wants to be a top midfielder, he can. But he has to keep working. He has this will and the desire to be an important player.”

Conte says the job at Spurs is his biggest challenge, but with two wins and one draw in his three games, things are starting to work.

Keeping a clean sheet and playing with a clear structure, it was a good night for Spurs, who are now just two points behind the top four with a game in hand.

“Today was a good win. To get three points is not easy against Brentford, I have seen a good team, well organized, very dangerous in the set-ups,” Conte said. “But today we showed a huge desire to get the three points and win.

“And we fought to win the ball and we were very focused. For sure we can improve.

“We have a lot of space to improve our possession. Without the ball, we did very well. We put pressure on from start to finish.

“I want to see this without the ball. We have to keep working and improving in many ways.”

Brentford never really wanted to get back into the game and now they have lost 5 of the last 7 games Premier League Game.

“In many ways, I’m quite pleased with the performance, we were brave and tried to create and build on the ball,” said manager Thomas Frank.

“We lacked the last top quality to create so many big opportunities. We were very brave when we saved the ball. We lost to a better team that day. Although very brave, if we want to win a match like this we can never concede a set goal.

“The first goal we need to do better, that is the big moment. A solid, top-quality second goal from Tottenham, but we turned off and didn’t follow the runner-up and scored the winning goal to make it 2-0.

“We will learn from this match, recover quickly and then we will be ready for Leeds on Sunday.”

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