Date: 9th November 2018 at 7:30am
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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks is having another good season at the club and 2018/19 has already proven to be a good season for him, with only a few months having ticked by.

The 22-year-old is extremely highly rated by a number of people at club and certainly within the fanbase, but for varying reasons he’s had to be patient for a regular chance in the first team.

Debuting back in November 2014 in the Europa League victory over Partizan Belgrade, his breakthrough season came in 2016/17 where he racked up 33 appearances in total for the club, and he hasn’t really looked back since then.

With 15 showings to his name so far this year as he put injury behind him again, the October international break saw him win his second England cap and with news of Mousa Dembele’s injury keeping him out for at least the next six weeks, plenty feel this is a further opportunity for him to establish himself as a regular under Mauricio Pochettino.

With Juan Foyth capable of playing a defensive midfield role, not least the likes of Oliver Skipp at the club, it also possibly opens up further options there and in the eyes of most fans, there is a hunger to see more of 17-year-old Skipp in particular.

Comments from the Vital Spurs Forum.

Key strengths are his ability to take a ball in half-spaces, shield it, retain control, his body shape and anticipation that allows him to always look for that incisive forward pass. His pace and movement across the pitch is intelligent and he reads the game as if he is a veteran.

I just love the way he plays the game, he is deceptively quick over 10 yards. As he gains in confidence I believe we will see better early forward passes something I think we are missing at the moment.

The more I see him, the more I think he should be playing deeper alongside a couple of more attacking players in a midfield 3 like Barca and Spain had a few years back. Always feel comfortable watching him take the ball off the centre halves and starting the moves. He’s very comfortable with the ball in tight spaces and can retain possession and find players like Dele and Eriksen. He’s also quite tenacious, full of running and intelligent at reading and shutting down opposition moves.

Nick Real Deal-
Skipp is similar to Winks from what I have seen.

Gotta admit Harry charging around the field breaking up play and passing FORWARD is a refreshing sight. Although before he bust up his ankle I think we were all pretty enthusiastic about his future.

Real Deal-
He has the tools to be the next Modric. I hope that is where we see him in the future as we have been needing a tempo setter since he left. We need a new DM, one that eats up the pitch with his athleticism, one that can tackle and pass, then we will have the perfect combo.


5 Replies to “Spurs Midfielder Is Man Of The Moment – But Injury Could Hand An Opportunity To Others”

  • “our Arry” MK II, is a very good player and in time will be invaluably brilliant, direct replacement for Moussa, add an excellent DM to partner him, and control the MF. COYS

  • The interesting one for me was the England formation where Southgate played Winks and Barkley as the creative midfield players with Dier behind them shielding the defence. You can play a midfield triangle either way (two DMs and one creative or two creative and one DM). Its a different system at Spurs where you have three attacking midfield players then a two man pivot who are expected to cover the defence and create. I think you would always play winks in the pivot. He is a genuine all round midfield player, defensive and offensive, his only real weakness a lack of goals. Now he’s getting back to where he was before the injury its a big boost for us and England. If Skipp turns out to be anywhere near as good it will be a huge bonus.

  • jod, that’s how I would like spurs to play. Rather play with Winks as the CM (tempo setter)and have two more athletic type CM’s next to him though.

    I still think Alli is better playing from deeper.


    Alli and Diawara either side would be an awesome combo.

  • Real Deal – Ali can play deeper but its swings and roundabouts. He might be more involved in the game but he’ll get fewer goals. Winks is actually pretty athletic himself, just look at the amount of ground he covers in a game. In midfield its more about stamina than pace. Further forward its more about pace (unless you’re Kane then its just about finishing).

  • Winks certainly has an engine on him. But his ankle will never be fully recovered. We need to look after the lad.
    Having two CM’s or DM’s next to him will mean he can fully focus on his strengths, passing and setting the tempo. Modric style.

    As for Alli, possibly he would not score as many. But him running forward from deep would mean he would still score plenty.

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