Ex-Spurs star claims Winks ‘is not as creative as everyone thinks’ and ‘doesn’t offer anything different to England’


Harry Winks took to the pitch for England this week in only his second international cap.

Winks broke into the side late last year, but was hampered with a long term injury in early 2018 which saw him miss any subsequent internationals and the Russia World Cup.

The 22-year-old midfielder was chosen from the start against Spain this week, and played an important role in England’s 3-2 win, their first on Spanish soil in 15 years.

However, it appears that not everyone is convinced by Winks’ talent, despite him being called up to England and being likened to Xavi by Pochettino.

Ex-Spurs man, Chris Waddle, gave a scathing interview to Sportingbet this week, claiming that Winks did not offer anything new to England, and that he is not as creative as some people think.

This seems like a strange comment to make from a man who made 138 top flight appearances for the Lilywhites.

Waddle said: “Winks doesn’t offer anything different to England.

“He’s a great player with a lot of prospect, but he’s not the missing link England need.

“I’m not sure Winks is as creative as everyone thinks.

“England don’t have a player like Christian Eriksen, Luka Modric or Ivan Rakatic that can drive the ball forward and unlock doors.

“Winks is a hardworking tidy footballer, but he’s not like a Gerrard, who gets the ball, passes and scores.

“He may grow into that role but no one has seen him play enough to make that prediction.

“England are lacking creativity in midfield. We don’t have a player that can connect the defence and attack and it starves the service to the front three.”

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  1. No, he’s not yet that missing link, Chris Waddle, but he’s still as good as anyone else England have to play
    in central midfield (as opposed to defensive midfield ie Dier & Henderson). And the thing is, he’s young and can improve the more he plays and puts his injuries behind him. In an ideal world he could be (one day) our Xavi to Ross Barkley’s Iniesta. That will allow Alli to play off Kane’s shoulder, as the former is wasted in deeper midfield. Hopeful/optimistic on the comparison front maybe, but to play as both Winks and Barkley played against Spain (away in a competitive match) was really encouraging. And Winks CAN pick the incisive pass ..he’s just got to do it more consistently.
    With his all round game he can even (for Spurs) bring out the best in Eriksen ..moreso than the fading Dembele (whose mantle Winks must now take).

  2. What a strange comment to make. Winks isn’t that kind of player. To be honest, I don’t really know what category he falls under. England do however have a couple of players that can drive us forward in Barkley/Loftus-Cheek so he clearly has no idea what he’s talking about.


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