Opinion: My unpopular take on Harry Winks at Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

I have been seeing a lot of hate towards Harry Winks on social media recently, as well as plenty of fans who would like to see the academy graduate sold by Daniel Levy.

I could not disagree more with these opinions, and here is why:

I feel as though the players who play in that holding midfield linchpin role are always extremely underrated. Just because they don’t get forward to rack up goals and assists, does not mean they do not play a vital role in the side.

No matter how the team is playing or how slow Spurs start the match, you always get 100% speed and effort from Winks, and you can tell he would run through brick walls for the club.

Spurs do not have enough of this at the moment. They have too many players who don’t look too bothered whether the team wins or loses.

However, it is not only effort and passion that Winks brings, but great ability on the ball. The unfortunate fact is that his career has been stop-start due to injuries over the past two seasons.

Once fully fit and in top form, there are few players in the Premier League who have a similar play style to Winks. He wins you the ball, then he passes it off positively to a playmaker or striker.

He can also play as a linchpin while in possession, constantly keeping the ball moving. This avoids those painful and frustrating periods where you see the Spurs players taking five touches each and going nowhere in defence.

Not only this, but Winks has shown for England and Tottenham than he can play in the final third too. Driving through the gaps, picking out creative passes, and making space for the goal scorers in the right areas of the pitch.

With a whole season in the side and no injuries, I honestly feel that Winks could become a regular starter for club and country, as well as the perfect midfielder for Spurs.

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  1. Winks is indeed a quality player, but he’s not an out and out defensive midfielder. He doesn’t win enough tackles, he doesn’t make enough interceptions and whilst he’s fully committed, he’s not positionally aware enough to screen the defence from opposition attacks adequately.

    Played as the ball playing midfielder who links defence to attack, alongside a true DM, like a Julian Wiegl, Idrissa Gueye, or Wilfred Ndidi then I think he fantastic. But he’s continually asked to be the DM himself, with either Sissoko or Ndombele being the link midfielder and I’m sorry, but he’s trash at that role!!!


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