‘Pay attention to praise’ – EFL manager discusses man on loan at Tottenham
Director of the City of Norwich Daniel Farke refused to give too much praise on loan Tottenham midfielder Oliver Skipp as he doesn’t want the 20-year-old to get carried away.
Skipp has joined Norwich on a one-season loan in the summer transfer window and has been in every league game for the club so far this season.
But despite a consistent and impressive run of performances, it seems Farke is reluctant to say too much about the England Under-21 international, in order to avoid any overconfidence from the midfielder.
Talk to The Eastern Daily Press of Skipp, Farke said: “I’m always careful to over praise young boys.
“I like to keep the pressure on them because in these times they’re so celebrated by social media, agents and things like that.
“It’s also hard for young players to deal with that praise so I’m very careful to praise it too much, but actions are more important than words and when you look at Oliver’s season you can realize that he played more or less league for us, for a team that has a lot of competition in the team.
“It says a lot about how much I rate him and how much I appreciate him, I don’t want to praise him too much in public, it’s more like every day I keep criticizing him.”
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Indeed, while Farke seems to think there is room for improvement for Skipp, it seems the Norwich manager has never been less impressed with the midfielder, as he added: “I’m asking for more goals, more assists, better passing choices, lots of things to improve – but my actions speak louder than my words.
“He’s playing every second for more or less every game for such a good team. He is a high level player and also a leading character.
As it stands, Norwich are currently at the top of the Championship standings, four points off the play-offs ahead of their clash with Rotherham United at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.
That’s an interesting comment for Farke to make.
You often imagine that young players would benefit from the praise that is poured out on them, considering how much confidence it should bring them.
However, you can see why Farke can be wary of Skipp being overconfident, given that he’ll surely want him to just keep doing what he’s doing for Norwich.
Indeed, if Skipp can keep doing this to help the Canaries cross the finish line in the race for promotion, then you think it will be as important a confidence boost as any for the young midfielder. ground.