Harry Winks proves he is one of the best in the Premier League

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Winks is Tottenham through and through, a boyhood fan, and a product of the Spurs youth academy.

The young midfielder took it upon himself to request the number 8 shirt at the beginning of this season, certainly putting his feet into some pretty big shoes.

However, after a nasty injury lay off over the summer, Winksy has certainly filled those shoes and then some.

He has made that starting holding midfield position his own, and you wouldn’t fancy anyone taking it off him any time soon.

Winks has added pace, power, and a vast range of passing to his game, as well as the ability to burst through the lines of defence when given the chance.

Despite still being so young, Winks is fast becoming one of the most promising holding mids in the Premier League, and here are the stats to prove it.

Over the past month, Winks has the fifth most touches out of any player in the Prem with 423. He also has the third highest number of recoveries with 43.

From a Spurs squad perspective, Winks boasts the most passes (335), the joint most passes in the final third (95) and the second most tackles with 11.

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  1. Winks is a truly great find from the Academy after Kane. He will be the leading holding midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 format for England for a long time (possibly with Declan Rice). Spurs is luck to have him.
    Problem is that others like George Marsh, Jack Roles, and even the best of them, Oliver Skipp (he is physically not there) do not seem to be there – even at the level of a Ryan Mason or Tom Carol. Had high hopes on Luke Amos, but there is a major question on how he will come back after his career threatening injury. The recent loss to the Arsenal U23 puts even more question marks on the real talent in the Academy.

    This means Poch has to scout talent like Alli outside the academy and groom them. But then he has to adopt the Spurs motto of “To Dare is to Do” more from the heart. He did not take the right punts on Brooks, Maddison, Sanchez and failed to land Grealish – and that’s going to costs Spurs.


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