He's a nifty finisher, but I wouldn't call him skillful.
I'm remembered watching him meg someone on Man City (I think) as I read this.
I'd say he's pretty skillful, but he has to be more physical especially since he's at a disadvantage (being short and not so well built). It's not every match that he shows skill, sometimes I'm wondering if it's him I'm watching, or his little brother Noel, but when he does show us all his skill, it has a pretty big "woah" effect. As you said though, it's often just drawing fouls, or trying to get a bit of distance, or trying to play aggressively. You do have a point that he plays very aggressively, and that it has consequences, but that's just how he plays with Hull, who have almost all physical players (Altidore, VoH, Mendy, Boateng, and Fagan).