Manager says signing ‘perfect’ Spurs player was his top priority last summer 

Leicester City boss Enzo Maresca has revealed that he suggested Harry Winks’ name to the Foxes board the first time he met with them during the summer.

Winks managed to put his injury troubles behind him during the second half of last season and excelled on loan at Sampdoria but was not able to save the Serie A club from relegation.

Some eyebrows were raised when the Tottenham academy graduate decided to drop down to the Championship in the summer, with Leicester paying £10m for his services. 

The decision has proven to be the right one for Winks, and for Leicester, as the 27-year-old has thrived at the King Power Stadium, having arguably been the best player across the English second-tier so far this season.

The former Spurs star’s commanding performances in the middle of the park are arguably one of the main reasons that Leicester are currently five points clear at the top of the table.

Winks opened his account for Leicester in front of goal on Saturday, with his brilliant curved 80th-minute effort giving the table toppers all three points at Loftus Road.

ENFIELD, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on March 04, 2022 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Harry Winks is a hit at Leicester City after Spurs sale

Speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over QPR, Maresca told BBC Sport about the midfielder: “Harry Winks has been a main player for us, for the way he behaves on and off the ball, trying to learn new things every day.

“When I met the club for the first time, he was the first name [I said] because I know him from Tottenham and he was in Italy last year. With this idea of football, Harry is perfect.”

Watch Winks’ strike against QPR below:

Spurs Web Opinion

Winks’ struggles over the last few years were down to him not getting a run of matches due to injury and subsequently being low on confidence.

There has never been any doubt about the 27-year-old’s quality and I do not think most Spurs fans are surprised that he is absolutely tearing up the Championship.

Keep up to date with all the latest Tottenham news and opinion by following SpursWeb’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Related Topics