Pundit implies that Liverpool defender could be better midfield option than Spurs centre-mid

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Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks was handed his second consecutive England start against Montenegro on Thursday and helped them to a comfortable win.

Winks put in a typically assured display and earned Gareth Southgate’s praise for his display (Daily Mail).

Even though he might have found himself on the bench at Spurs in recent weeks, it looks like the 23-year-old is finally starting to nail down a starting spot for the Three Lions.

However, former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes England already have one player in their squad who can do better than Winks in his position when he suggested as a joke Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The full back has been in terrific form for the Reds over the last year and a half and Keown felt that he would be much more influential playing in midfield than at right back. He opined Winks should be the player to make way for the Liverpool star.

Speaking to Jim White’s talkSPORT show, the former England man said,“He is an absolute a joy to watch play. It was as if he was wandering around Wembley with a golf bag, picking up a pitching wedge or a seven iron.

“The capability he has with his left foot, right foot…. I was sat with Sol Campbell last night trying to argue that he should play centre midfield for England.

“Traditionally you give the ball to a midfield player and he is a better player than you and a midfield player gives it to a front player who is also perhaps better than that player. When Winks gets the ball, is he better than Alexander-Arnold?

“I take nothing away from Winks because he had another decent night last night but I think Alexander-Arnold could go in there and pull the strings for England.

“We have a catalogue of other full-backs that can be used in that right-back position. Kyle Walker wasn’t even in the squad, Kieran Trippier didn’t play last night, we have Reece James coming through at Chelsea.

“He is more than capable Alexander-Arnold of playing in the England midfield.”

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I do agree that Alexander-Arnold will evolve into a midfielder as his passing and technical ability are second to none. However, at this point, I would still prefer to start with Winks in the deep-lying midfield position over the Liverpool man as Winks has proven at adept at helping the team retain the ball and play out from the back.

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  1. If Trent Arnold gets to play regularly for Liverpool in the central midfield position,
    and succeeds in that role, then of course he should be looked at by England.
    But until then, Keown should keep his daft thoughts on that to himself. Winks is
    a central midfielder who is nailing down that spot between defensive midfield and attacking midfield (ie he’s a specialist, and probably the best we’ve got at present).
    Keeping the game ticking over is the key. Trent is a full back. Next, Keown will be suggesting that Pickford plays at centre forward over Kane.

  2. So what you saying Mr. Keown, why fix something that’s not broken. Yes Alexander is a good player. However, put him in a game with not so many other good players and see if he performs. My guess is not as well as Winks will.
    Most times Alexander is just flanked all alone until the play changes, so he gets the ball with no one around. He doesn’t create all that space on his own, he’s free because he is not involved in play until the play is switched. Simply put, he does not have the vision as Winks and to generate that kind of agility coming out of midfield then to execute the kind of passes Winks does because he is used to being alone unchallenged. Have a nice day.


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