This season promises to be an entertaining one for Tottenham fans. The Lilywhites will be going into it expecting a lot after finally using a summer transfer window to bring players in, and with the new additions of Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso in midfield, anything can happen.
So far during the club’s pre-season, we’ve witnessed Mauricio Pochettino deploying a diamond formation, with two central midfielders sitting in between a #10 and a holding midfielder. It looks like those two are going to be the new boys, Lo Celso and Ndombele, but the man sitting deeper will be key.
Despite not bring a very defensive player by trade and really coming into his won when in possession, Harry Winks will likely be the man sitting deeper, and he is going to be the cog in the club’s midfield machine that is the most important.
Both Lo Celso and Ndombele can score and assist from deep, but Winks plays a bigger role than that. The young England man is an incredible player and one of the best in the Premier League when it comes to setting the tempo. His passing stats speak for themselves, and the 23-year-old should again be vital.
When looking at WhoScored, Winks averaged a pass success rate of 91.8% last season and made 53.4 passes per game. That alone shows how he played his game, strafing in front of the back four and keeping the ball moving to allow for those ahead of him to make runs and find pockets of space.
If he can find his best form this season and remain fit, then Winks, with a new two-man midfield ahead of him in the form of Lo Celso and Ndombele, should be able to star for the club. We know Mauricio Pochettino loves Winks, and now we could see the midfielder become the star we all know he can be.