Ex-Spurs man predicts ‘massive resurgence’ from 25-year-old under Conte 

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Jamie O’Hara has backed Harry Winks to resurrect his career under Antonio Conte at Tottenham this season.

Winks has endured a difficult time over the last couple of years as he has become increasingly restricted to a bit-part role at Tottenham.

The midfielder was handed a start by Conte against Leeds United on Sunday as Oliver Skipp was suspended.

After struggling to get into the game in the first half, the 25-year-old was one of the home side’s best players after the interval as Conte’s men managed to come from behind to register a 2-1 win.

After the game, the Italian head coach praised Winks for his second-half performance, hailing the character he showed after his first-half struggles.

According to Fabrizio Romano (Here We Go Podcast), Winks is loving working with Conte at Tottenham.

O’Hara has backed the Spurs academy graduate to thrive under the new Tottenham boss, insisting that Winks has the characteristics that the 52-year-old likes.

The former Spurs midfielder told talkSPORT (8:41 am, November 22, 2021): “I thought it was really nice to see Winks back in the side because remember Winks got into the England side a few years ago. Everyone loved him, he was playing for England.

“He had a really big fall from grace. I think he lost his confidence. What I like about Harry Winks is when he gets the ball, he looks to pass forward and that’s what you need at Spurs.

“Antonio Conte wants the ball moved quickly and pass it forward. Don’t go backwards, don’t go sideways. Let’s try and get the ball up the pitch.

“Winks has got energy and fitness, and he will get around the park. I think you are going to see a massive resurgence from him.”

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Winks is nowhere near as bad a player as some Spurs fans seem to think he is. The 25-year-old was evidently lacking in confidence recently, which can happen to any player when their opportunities are few and far between.

Unfortunately for Winks, I cannot see him getting a regular run in the starting eleven under Conte either as Hojbjerg and Skipp are clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Even if Conte switches to a 3-5-2, one would expect a more attacking option like Ndomebele, Dele or Lo Celso to play ahead of Winks. 

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