O’Hara thinks player would have thrived under Postecoglou had Spurs not sold him

Jamie O’Hara has claimed that Harry Winks would thrive under Ange Postecoglou if he was still at Tottenham Hotspur.

Winks left Tottenham to join Leicester City at the start of last summer, with the midfielder deciding against sticking around at his boyhood club and trying to impress Ange Postecoglou.

One cannot blame the 28-year-old for his decision as his career had nosedived over the last few years, having been overlooked by consecutive managers at the North London side.

The England international’s decision to drop down to the Championship has been vindicated as he has had an outstanding campaign so far, being the heartbeat of the Leicester side, who are currently sitting nine points clear at the top of the second tier.

In an interview with BBC Sport earlier this week, Winks admitted that he had lost his love for the game during his final couple of years at Spurs, revealing that he has now rediscovered it at the King Power Stadium.

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Harry Winks could have started under Ange Postecoglou

O’Hara believes that the Tottenham academy graduate might have been quite useful in the current Spurs set-up if Antonio Conte had not pushed him out of the door.

The pundit told Grosvenor Sport: “Harry Winks for me is a top player, I’ve always liked him. He found it hard at Tottenham and I feel like he was pushed away by Antonio Conte because he wasn’t his type of player, but I tell you what, if he was there now with Ange Postecoglou, he’d be playing!

“He’s an Ange type of player – he keeps the ball, he wants to pass forward and he’s got energy in midfield. I actually think he’s a better player than Oliver Skipp, so I would have kept Winks at Tottenham.

“He’s been a brilliant signing for Leicester and he’s shown his quality. He’s probably gone in there and thought, ‘this is a Premier League club, I’ve probably got to suffer for a season in the Championship, but this is my route to starting regularly in the Premier League’.

“Fair play to him for dropping down a level to a league that he’s probably too good for and showing that he’s still a Premier League player.”

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Winks does have some attributes Postecoglou likes, given the intensity and energy that the midfielder plays with and his ability to play out of tight areas.

The midfielder did make some conservative choices in possession under the likes of Mourinho and Conte but Ange might have liberated him and encouraged him to take more risks.

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