Harry Winks has admitted that his confidence is low at the moment and he realises there are areas that he needs to improve on to force himself into Tottenham’s starting eleven.
A couple of years ago, Winks seemed destined to follow in Harry Kane’s footsteps in becoming the next breakthrough star to emerge from the Spurs academy and become a first-team leader.
The midfielder had not only put in dominant displays against the likes of Real Madrid in the Champions League but he had also impressed in his outings for England.
However, Winks’ stock has fallen considerably over the last few years, with the midfielder now seemingly a long way away from making the England squad and struggling to get into Tottenham’s starting eleven.
When asked if he could make sense of his dramatic fall, the 25-year-old told The Evening Standard: “No. No, I can’t. But listen, the circumstances are that I’m in this situation.
“Of course [my confidence is low]. When players are not playing well and you only have yourself to blame, it’s difficult. I want to be at my best, firing and playing really well.
“It comes with games. But ultimately it comes with me performing on the pitch when I get the opportunity.
“If I’m not doing that, then I only have myself to blame. I’m man enough to admit that I need to improve in certain areas. On the contrary, I need to play games and the only way to [improve] is getting minutes and getting that sharpness back.”
Winks has been linked with a move away from Tottenham during the January transfer window after struggling to get minutes under Nuno Espirito Santo this season.
The midfielder admitted that while he loves being at Spurs, he needs to play regular football to get back to his best.
He added: “I love Tottenham, I’ve always made that clear, but I want to play football. And I want to play regular football. The only way to play your best football, get momentum is by playing regularly.
“I’m giving my all for the club, of course, I am. They stuck by me, I stuck by them – and I want to play for Tottenham But it is difficult when you get matches here and there, confidence is low and you don’t get that run of games.”
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One cannot help but feel sorry for Winks given the way Tottenham have handled him over the last couple of years. They have priced him out of the market while not giving him a run of matches to build his confidence and form. Hopefully, he can get back to his best soon.
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