Spurs midfielder Harry Winks has had a mixed campaign so far, having put in some excellent displays and also a few that left a lot to be desired.
Although he was seemingly one of the first names in Mauricio Pochettino’s team sheet at the start of the season, the 23-year-old has lost his place in the side in recent weeks as the Tottenham manager has preferred to go with a pairing of Tanguy Ndombele and Moussa Sissoko.
However, just as he seems to have lost his place in the Spurs side, Winks is slowly becoming an increasingly more important part of Gareth Southgate’s England set up.
He was one of many players who impressed in the Three Lions’ 7-0 thumping of Montenegro, with Southgate admitting that his ability to help the team play out from the back was invaluable for the side (the Independent).
Winks has now revealed his desire to win his place back in the Tottenham side by impressing for the national team.
Speaking to the Express, the Spurs academy graduate said, “Going into the Premier League, going back after the international break, it’s going to be important to try and get as many games as possible and start as much as I can.
“Let’s hope that happens here with England, performing well and then going back and training well and keeping the levels high, because that’s the most important thing when you’re trying to play for Tottenham and England.”
Winks admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Pochettino about being left out of the squad but vowed to take his chances when they come his way.
He added, “I never spoke to the manager about why I was left out, but I assumed it was a tactical decision and it was the manager’s decision so of course I respect that.
“Every time you get the opportunity to play, it’s important that I can put in a positive performance because, first and foremost, I want to play in this team and I want to do myself as much justice as possible.
“In some respects, it’s a good thing because you feel like you have to always be on top of your game, and that’s only a positive for both myself, the club and the country as well.”
Spurs Web Opinion
On paper, I believe Tottenham’s best central midfield combination is a trio of Harry Winks, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso. While Winks is great at getting the ball in tight spaces and helping the team play out from the back, he still has to improve defensively in order to be able to nail down that pivot position.
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