Tottenham Hotspur could have a stable future by building their team around academy graduate Oliver Skipp "for the next five to seven years", according to Sky Sports journalist Michael Bridge.
Skipp has become a key component of Spurs' team this season, with the midfielder involved in all of the north Londoners' Premier League fixtures so far.
What's the latest news involving Skipp?
The 21-year-old's first team opportunities have come after spending last season on loan with Norwich City.
Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed as Spurs' head coach following Skipp's return to north London and the central midfielder claimed the former Wolverhampton Wanderers chief's meticulous work on the training pitch and trust allowed him to take his game to another level prior to his sacking on Monday.
It has been reported that Skipp is seen, behind the scenes, as a future Spurs captain.
But they could face a battle to keep the academy product on their books as Newcastle United, who underwent a £305million takeover last month which has seen them become the richest club in the world, were interested during the summer transfer window.
What has Michael Bridge said about Skipp?
Despite attracting interest during the summer, Bridge believes Skipp is set to be a key figure in Spurs' side for a number of years.
Skipp came through the ranks at Spurs, making close to 70 appearances for the club's under-18, under-19 and under-23 outfits before breaking into the first team.
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Sky Sports journalist Bridge believes the midfielder will be at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for longer than his contract suggests, with his current deal set to expire in 2024.
Despite Nuno's sacking leaving many questions over Spurs' future, Bridge feels Skipp will continue to be a mainstay with his current employers.
He told GIVEMESPORT: "There's nothing to say that Skipp won't be around Tottenham's squad or team for the next five to seven years."
Who else rates Skipp highly?
Skipp has made his mark at international level for the England under-21s, with him racking up 11 caps.
The Three Lions' under-21s boss Lee Carsley has claimed that Skipp is underrated and refused to rule out the possibility of the midfielder breaking into Gareth Southgate's senior squad ahead of the 2022 World Cup.News Now - Sport News