Nuno Espirito has explained that he dropped midfielder Harry Winks against Arsenal because it was simply ‘not possible’ to include him in the squad.
Spurs suffered their third straight defeat of the Premier League campaign this weekend, losing 3-1 to their bitter North London rivals at the Emirates Stadium.
The clash was all but over within 35 minutes, after the Gunners raced into a 3-0 lead courtesy of goals from Emile Smith-Rowe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka.
Nuno had plenty of options at his disposal in midfield and elected to play a trio of Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele Alli, while Oliver Skipp and Giovani Lo Celso took up places on the bench.
But there was no sign of Winks in the squad at all, who also missed the Carabao Cup tie against Wolves in midweek.
Nuno was quizzed on the 25-year-old’s absence from the side, and he responded by saying there simply was not a place for him on the bench.
He said (as relayed by football.london): “Because we have to make decisions. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to include everybody.”
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Spurs struggled massively in midfield and lost the battle quite convincingly in the first half. That was essentially where the game was won.
For Winks, it looks to be another tough season for him, and it is not looking likely that he will receive too many Premier League minutes this campaign.
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