Spurs star remains calm over new stadium delay

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has insisted that the delays surrounding the new stadium are not distracting the players.

The club had hoped to open the new 62,062 seater stadium in the New Year following a series of delays caused by critical safety systems, but another setback means that Tottenham’s Premier League match against Manchester United on 13 January 2019 will be played at Wembley.

Testing has not yet been completed for the club to apply for a stadium safety certificate, so it may not be until February that Spurs can move in.

Winks was impressive in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Barcelona on Tuesday night and has overcome a persistent ankle injury that saw him require surgery in the summer.

While things are currently good on the pitch for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, off the field there are continual negative headlines surrounding the development of the stadium.  However, while Winks admits that it would be good to finally move into their new home, the players are happy at Wembley.

He told Sky Sports: “It’s been a really good season in terms of points, although we can probably look back and say we needed to perform better.

“If we are looking purely on a points basis, then we have done really well and everyone’s really confident.

“With the new stadium not finished and little things like this here and there, it’s obviously something that we notice and hear about.

“It’s not something we can really let affect us. The most important thing is, whether we are playing home or away, we have to adapt to that situation.

“We have been at Wembley for the last year now so we are used to the stadium. We have had some really big matches and some really good results there.

“Of course we want to be in our new stadium but it’s part and parcel of football and we have to adapt to it.”

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