Harry Winks has insisted that the arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has not affected his place in the Tottenham Hotspur side.
Jose Mourinho took the decision to bring Hojbjerg to North London with the Dane having just a year left to run on his contract at Southampton.
The Mirror reported in July that the arrival of Hojbjerg could spend the end of Winks’ time at his boyhood club.
Winks has appeared in both of Tottenham’s opening Premier League fixtures and was left on the bench for the Europa League win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv last Thursday (transfermarkt).
The Spurs academy graduate was quick to highlight that he has different traits to his game compared to the former Saints man while both players adhere to the game plan which Mourinho asks of them.
Winks was asked about Hojbjerg’s role in the midfield during the England international’s appearance at yesterday’s Europa League press conference.
He told Football.London: “No, not really. The manager is clear to us whoever plays in the team what our roles and jobs are. We have different kinds of traits as players – everybody does and that will change during the game, but the basic outline of what the manager wants us to do and how he tells us to do it is the same for whoever plays in there really.
“Pierre is a top player and a good pro and he has come in and really lifted everybody and helped everybody work harder. He is very vocal and it is important we have that in the time and keep striving, everybody, to get better – as good as we possibly can.”
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