Ex-Gillingham and Millwall striker, Tony Cascarino, has launched a scathing attack on Tottenham’s Harry Winks after his poor performance against Man City at the weekend.
Spurs were overrun in midfield from the get-go against the reigning champions and were unable to get hold of the ball for large parts of the first half.
Not only did Spurs seem sloppy in possession, but they seemed fatigued in defence too, as the midfield struggled to shift from side to side to cover the Man City switches.
However, singling out one player on a day in which few Tottenham players could say they played well is extremely unfair in my opinion.
The midfield was made up of Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Ndombele, and Lamela, yet Winks is the only one getting an earful from Cascarino.
He claims that Winks did not do the ugly side of his game well enough and will not become a Spurs regular if he does not start doing this.
Cascarino said (The Times): “It is very difficult playing against Manchester City and even harder when you have a midfielder that cannot do the ugly side of the game well. Harry Winks could not keep track of Kevin De Bruyne on Saturday. It is fine getting on the ball, looking forward and finding a pass, but the problem is the game has evolved and being good without the ball is a big part of successful teams now.
“If Winks cannot do that, he won’t become a regular for Tottenham Hotspur. He was substituted on Saturday — not because he gave the ball away but because he was chasing shadows.”
Spurs Web Opinion:
This guy clearly doesn’t watch Tottenham games regularly and is judging Winks’ work rate, defending, and talent based on one poor match against the two-time champions. In my opinion, Harry usually covers ground extremely well and wins the ball back more than most. Perhaps Cascarino, a striker who never reached the levels Winks already has, should keep his nose out.
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