Barcelona plot Winks raid

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According to the London Evening Standard Harry Winks has impressed Barcelona with his performances for against their great rivals Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Winks played a starring role in both matches, a 1-1 draw in the Bernabeu last month and the 3-1 victory at Wembley on Wednesday and the article says that Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez was at the game in Madrid and with the understanding that his original intention was to assess Christian Eriksen.

However Winks is thought to have caught Fernandez’s eye in that game and also made a positive impact on Barcelona observers at Wembley.

The article does indicate that Winks’s long-term future seemingly is at Spurs but it is a sign of his rapid progress that he now has admirers at two of the world’s most successful clubs.

The article says that before the Madrid game Dele Alli and Harry Kane where the Spurs players discussed most often in Spain but Winks’s displays has also made people sit up and take notice.

It adds that Winks is still in the early stages of his career, with this being the first season in which the 21-year-old has been a regular starter and his sole focus is Tottenham.

According to the piece another new contract is anticipated before the end of 2017 which will earn him a significant pay rise. He is a lifelong Tottenham supporter and is fulfilling his dream of playing a prominent role for his boyhood club.

The article continues saying Mauricio Pochettino spotted Winks’s potential soon after taking charge and handed him a first-team debut in a Europa League game against Partizan Belgrade that November, when Winks was just 18.

The article adds that Pochettino also began referring to Winks as ‘Little Iniesta’, a comparison with the legendary Barcelona and Spain midfielder.

Winks continued his rise by breaking into the senior England squad adds the article, and has retained his place for the forthcoming friendly matches against Brazil and Germany.

The article concludes by saying Should he maintain his recent form, Winks has an excellent chance of being included in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup.

So here we go again, I guess it’s something we have to get used to. Winks stock is rising with every game and he deserves the plaudits and links be it rumours or not. A fine career awaits him

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