‘It’s not always about being 6ft 5’ – Spurs midfielder insists he is ready for the fight

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has insisted that the team is well equipped to battle it out against physical players in midfield despite the absence of Moussa Sissoko.

Spurs have issues in central midfield with Moussa Sissoko not expected to be back from his injury until April while Tanguy Ndombele has also struggled to remain fit.

With Eric Dier also failing to nail down his place in the side due to inconsistent performances, there has been a worry that Spurs’ midfield might be too lightweight to cope against some of their opponents.

Winks started as the sole holding midfielder alongside the likes of Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli against Watford on Saturday, who boasted of an extremely strong midfield with the likes of Etienne Capoue and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

However, the 23-year-old was able to cope with the home side’s physicality and helped the Lilywhites come away with a clean sheet.

Speaking to the Telegraph, the England midfielder said, “It is not always about being 6ft 5in to fight and play football. Look at some of the best players in the world – they are not necessarily 6ft 5in but they are good players.

“Moussa Sissoko is a player we miss massively but just because of your size and height does not mean you cannot fight and cover the ground as well.

“Gedson has come in and even though he has only had a week with us he looks like a top player and somebody who will slot in well.”

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Not being the biggest of players doesn’t mean one can’t have a lot of fight. Scott Parker was one of the most aggressive midfielders we’ve had in the past decade and he wasn’t exactly the biggest. Winks has certainly proved that he is not lacking physically. I would love to see him and Ndombele get a run of games together and get an opportunity to build a partnership once the Frenchman returns to fitness.

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