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Pochettino backs Oliver Skipp to become world-class

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino expects greats things to come from Oliver Skipp after the youngster’s performance in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Burnley

The 18-year-old midfielder made his first senior start for Spurs in the place of the unwell Eric Dier – just 10 days after making his Premier League debut.

However, Skipp kept his composure and performed well at Wembley before Christian Eriksen’s injury-time goal sealed the victory for Spurs.

“Fantastic, fantastic, I think Skipp played like a 30-year-old man,” said Pochettino, according to Irish Examiner.

“So relaxed, trying to play forward and trying to give the team what the team needs, plenty of energy, full energy, I am so proud of him.

“I think everyone is proud of him. He is only 18-years-old and I think it was fantastic.

“Now I think it is going to be easy for him because always the debut you are nervous. I remember when it was my first game and I said to him, ‘You look so relaxed. When I was 17, going to play I was so nervous’.

“I said, ‘That is the difference between a player going to be a top player and a player who was going to be a normal player like me’.”

Spurs will next face their North London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday at the Emirates Stadium for the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.