‘I feel I’ve become an important player’ – Spurs academy graduate full of confidence

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have brought a number of Premier League stars through their academy in recent years.

Harry Kane is undoubtedly the biggest success story in terms of the Spurs youth set up, but the England captain also graduated with the likes of Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb, Jake Livermore, and more.

The latest success story out of the Spurs academy has to be young Harry Winks, a central midfielder who has transformed from a lightweight baby-faced youngster to a tough first team star.

Winks is now one of the first names on the team sheet under Mauricio Pochettino, featuring 41 times for Tottenham last season.

The 23-year-old forged a formidable partnership with Moussa Sissoko during the last campaign in a run that saw Spurs reach the Champions League final.

After undergoing surgery twice in the last two years, Winks will be hoping that he can put his injury worries behind him and kick on for club and country next season.

Winks said (Tottenham website): “I had a relatively injury-free season last year until the end. I played a lot of matches, started a lot of matches and it was incredible, probably my best season so far at the club.

“I feel I’ve become an important player now and I couldn’t ask for more. If you’d asked me three or four years ago if I wanted to be in this position now I would have snapped your hand off, but the most important thing now is not to get carried away, to work as hard as I can and try to stay in there and maintain that position because there are so many top players here.

“Staying in is the hardest. It’s fantastic to get there, but staying there is tough with so many top quality players at the club, all wanting to start.”

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