Norwich captain Grant Hanley says on-loan Tottenham youngster Oliver Skipp has “experience beyond his years,” as reported by the Pink Un.

Skipp is currently on a season-long loan from the Premier League side, and has been impressing at the heart of the Canaries midfield.

The 20-year-old has been a regular under manager Daniel Farke, and has been key to Norwich’s push for promotion back to the top-flight.

The on-loan Spurs man has featured in all 24 of the club’s league matches so far, helping the Canaries surge to the top of the Championship table.

And captain Hanley believes that Skipp’s maturity has been crucial to the club’s success this season.

Youngster starring in midfield

“Skippy’s got experience beyond his years really, he looks like he’s played at the top level for ten or 15 years, it’s hard to think that he’s still so young,” Hanley said.

 

“I know he gets a lot of credit but then he probably doesn’t get enough sometimes, because he does all the stuff that you love as a centre-half, Kenny [McLean] is the same. 

“They both have top quality but the ugly side of the game they do so well and I don’t think they get enough credit for that – but they certainly do from us as centre-halves, we appreciate what they do.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 07: Oliver Skipp of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 07, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

All the attributes to succeed

Norwich finished rock bottom of the Premier League last season, winning just five of their 38 matches. But they have been hugely impressive ever since dropping down a division, losing just four times this season.

And Hanley believes that, alongside Skipp’s maturity, the youngster has slotted effortlessly into the club’s midfield thanks to his abilities on and off the ball.

“You know Skippy, or Kenny, they’re always going to be there and always going to be in the right position,” Hanley added. “They read the game so well and it’s their decision making under pressure that’s so good. 

“It’s alright being in the right position but you’ve got to have the composure to handle that and the two of them do it so well. It’s a massive part of how we play and they deserve all the credit they get for it.”

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