Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport has praised Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks after the player finally made his long-awaited debut for Sampdoria, where he is spending the season on loan.

Winks had spent his entire career with Tottenham until this season, racking up 203 appearances for the North London club (Transfermarkt). Since Antonio Conte’s arrival, however, the English midfielder found himself on the fringes of the first team.

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It was decided in the summer that Winks would move on, but with no permanent move materialising, the 26-year-old headed out to Italy for a season-long loan spell with Sampdoria. The move hadn’t quite gone to plan though, with an ankle injury keeping Winks out for the majority of the season.

Until recently, Winks had failed to make an appearance for the Serie A side, and it was thought January would be a ‘crucial month’ in determining whether he stays in Italy or returns to Tottenham (Club Doria 64).

Now though, the central midfielder has finally made his Sampdoria debut and things are looking up for Winks. He may only have been on the pitch for 28 minutes against Empoli on Monday, but it was enough to get the Italian media singing his praises.

Gazzetta dello Sport were clearly pleased that Winks had made it “out of the tunnel” and looks to have put his “complicated months” behind him. The outlet liked what they saw, and heralded Winks as being a “player of another category” after a dynamic cameo display.

Spurs Web Opinion

I’m absolutely buzzing for Harry Winks to finally have made it onto the pitch for Sampdoria and to have been received so positively. He may have fallen out of favour at Spurs but Winks is a player who gave everything for us and loved doing so, and we should be supporting his efforts in Italy. Here’s hoping he can start the next game and continue this development.

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