Tottenham are suffering a major injury crisis in the center of midfield with the likes of Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, and Eric Dier all currently sidelined.
This has meant that Mauricio Pochettino has had to stick with a central midfield pairing of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks for almost every game recently and only has youngsters like Oliver Skipp to turn to when he needs a change.
Both Sissoko and Winks, however, have excelled, particularly through the busy Christmas period, and the formidable partnership the pair have formed has been one of the most crucial reasons for Tottenham’s rise up the league table and progress in cup competitions.
While Sissoko has gotten a lot of plaudits for completely turning his Spurs career around, Winks’ performances have pretty much gone under the radar. The 22-year-old’s game has previously been compared to that of Xavi’s and Iniesta’s by Pochettino, and now Winks has the stats to back it up.
According to Football London, Harry Winks’ has registered a pass completion percentage of 93.28%, which is the highest of any midfielder in the league this season. In fact, Winks is the only midfielder to feature in the top 10, in a list dominated by defenders.
Critics would argue that it is easy to achieve a high pass completion ratio if most of your passes are low risk but Winks is hardly the only player in the league whose game is about recycling possession.
This clearly proves that the England international’s performances this season deserve more recognition that they have received.
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