Born: 16 September 2000 (Welwyn Garden City, England)
Midfielder Oliver Skipp continued to combine his clear talent with maturity over the course of 2017-18 as he featured primarily for our Under-23s, despite only being in his first year of full-time football with us.
He made 16 appearances in the Premier League 2, memorably scoring his first goal in our colours with a cracking strike in a 3-1 win at Arsenal in March, 2018, and made two starts apiece in the Checkatrade Trophy and Premier League International Cup. He was the only player to start all eight of our games in the Under-19 UEFA Youth League, scoring the decisive spot kick in a penalty shootout victory over AS Monaco to reach the quarter-finals, and played 11 times for the Under-18s in all competitions. He subsequently made his senior debut during our 2018 pre-season tour of the United States.
Previously, he was one of the leading appearance makers for our Under-18s in 2016-17 despite still being a schoolboy, featuring 23 times and starting 20 of those, including three FA Youth Cup ties. A defensive midfielder who can also operate at centre-half, he also played twice in our debut campaign in the UEFA Youth League against Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow.
Born in Welwyn Garden City and brought up in Hertford, he has played for England Under-18s, Under-17s and Under-16s.