Tottenham Hotspur have purchased a number of high-quality central midfielders in recent years, including their latest signing Tanguy Ndombele.
The Frenchman comes into the side to compete with the likes of Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, Dele Alli, Harry Winks and more.
However, the latter one in this list didn’t actually cost Spurs a penny, as they brought Winks through their successful academy system.
Under Pochettino, Winks has made his debut for Spurs, become one of the first names on the team sheet, played a Champions League final, and been called up to his country.
However, one issue that Winks has suffered from is injuries in the past two seasons, with the central midfielder undergoing surgery twice in that time (Standard).
Despite this, Winks actually played a career-best number of games last season with 41 and will surely be a key part of the Spurs midfield next campaign.
The Daily Mail report that Winks ‘baulked’ at the suggestion that his career over the next five years could be hampered with injuries, just like Jack Wilshere.
Winks said (Daily Mail): “No, not at all. I’ve had some unfortunate injuries but that’s football. Every player can get them. I’ve put it to the back of my head and have no ongoing problems.
“As long as I can keep my body on top of things and get the right amount of rest and recovery, things will take care of themselves.
“Last year I played 41 times, the most I’ve played since I made my debut.
“Yeah, it was difficult towards the end of last season. I got a bit of an injury to my hip and had surgery. It was only minor and going into this season, I’m feeling good.
“The perception is frustrating. People say to me I didn’t play as much last year but at one point I’d had the most games in the team.
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