Daniel Farke Praises ‘Perfect’ Oliver Skipp but Accepts Signing Midfielder Permanently Would Be Difficult

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has praised the impact of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Oliver Skipp but admits signing him on a permanent deal would be challenging.

The 20-year-old has emerged as one of The Canaries’ most consistent performers this season, cementing a position in midfield as his own.

Daniel Farke Impressed With Oliver Skipp but Rules Out Permanent Deal

Skipp Loan Was ‘Perfect Business’ for Norwich

Since arriving at Carrow Road in the summer, Skipp has taken to life in the second-tier like a duck to water. The England U21 international has started every game in the Championship (34) and has played a key role as the Canaries moved 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Skipp also registered his first senior goal last week in Norwich’s 3-1 win against Birmingham City to cap off yet another impressive showing.

The young midfielder was always of significant interest to manager Farke, who has since praised the Norwich board for completing the signing in the summer.

“He was one of my biggest wishes to bring in last summer, so compliments to Stuart Webber for making it happen,” Farke told Pink Un.

“I can only praise Olly [Skipp] and Tottenham. This was perfect business.

“The best piece of business is always a permanent move when you are fully convinced and you commit the club’s future to a player, and they do likewise.

“A loan is tricky. But if you have a chance to bring in someone who can be a major boost to the squad then perhaps a loan is the only way that happens.”

Farke Rules Out Permanent Deal for Skipp

Skipp’s performances in Norfolk will no doubt be tempting Norwich to consider a permanent move. Also impressed with Skipp is Spurs manager Jose Mourinho, who considered recalling the midfielder in January, but opted against doing so to avoid disrupting his playing momentum.

Farke has taken notice of the midfielder’s role in his side’s title and promotion push and has expressed his interest in securing a long-term deal. However, The Canaries boss also admitted that such a move could prove to be extremely difficult in the wider context.

“We would never be able to sign a highly-rated player like Oliver Skipp. Not on a permanent deal. It would be an unbelievable amount of money for our club,” Farke added.

“When you bring young players from the best clubs in the world there is always a risk.

“We saw the potential, we looked into his character a lot and we knew he would be fully convinced to give everything, not thinking I don’t need to work to prove I am the best in my position.

“Oliver is a perfect lad. So humble. He is a brilliant loan signing.”

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