“I have to get to that level first” – Tottenham midfielder on comparisons with Xavi and Iniesta

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is having his best season so far and has become a pivotal part of Pochettino’s side. The midfielder is gaining rave reviews for his recent displays in which he has shown that he has both the defensive and offensive attributes required to be a complete box to box midfielder.

Pochettino has previously compared Winks with two of the best midfielders in recent times – Barcelona legends Xavi and Iniesta. The 23-year-old Englishman has a similarly small frame and low center of gravity but has also shown his ability to cover defensively and win the ball back.

Speaking about the comparison to the two Spanish legends Winks insisted that he had a long way to go before he could match the pair.

The midfielder told i-News, “It’s nice to be compared to players of that calibre, of course, but I don’t take too much of that on board.

“I have to get to that level before I can be compared to them. It’s obviously lovely to hear that sort of comparison from the manager, but the most important thing is I need to improve as much as I can to get to that Xavi and Iniesta level. But to even be compared to them is a real honour.”

The England man also said that he is focused on improving his game, and wants to start by being more productive in the final third. He said, “There’s always parts of my game I want to add to: for example, goals and assists are something I need to work on and improve on.

“That said, I know that my role in the team is more than just goals and assists. I think the manager knows that and the players know that, so of course I always want to improve and get better but the most important thing is how I can help the team as well as improve myself.”

He also explained how Pochettino is always there to give him advice on what aspects he can improve on. He added, “The manager will sometimes say what he thinks I need to improve on and what I need to work on. He’ll show me clips or tell me where he thinks I need to improve, but I think naturally, over time, he expects us to learn it as well.”

“As young professionals, we need to understand what we need to do to get better and what we need to do to improve, so I think it’s a little bit of both. But he’s always there to support us and give us the help we need.”

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