Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks, currently on loan at Sampdoria, has sent a message to fans on Instagram after making the bench for the Italian side for the first time.

Winks is a product of the Tottenham Hotspur academy, and, having developed through the youth teams with the club, has gone on to make 203 appearances for the first team (Transfermarkt).

Harry Winks

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Early promise in his career saw Winks become a mainstay in the Spurs midfield, and even led to him accruing ten caps for England along the way (Transfermarkt).

In the last 18 months, however, Winks has seen himself fall into the peripheries of the Tottenham squad under Antonio Conte, and the decision was made to loan him out to Serie A side Sampdoria in the summer.

Unfortunately, due to a longstanding injury, Winks has been unable to make his debut for the Italian outfit. Winks had surgery on his ankle injury back in November (TuttoMercatoWeb) and has been on the road to recovery ever since.

Reports from Italy suggest this month is a ‘crucial month’ in determining whether Winks stays with Sampdoria for the duration of the season or if his loan spell is cut short (Club Doria 64).

Progress has been made, however, with Winks taking his place on the bench for the game against Napoli on Sunday. After the game, Winks shared a message on his socials.

He said: “After a long and very difficult time injured, was good to finally be with the team last night.”

Winks didn’t make it onto the pitch sadly, but the fact he is among the substitutes is a good sign that he will feature for Sampdoria soon, hopefully.

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It’s brilliant news that Winksy has made it onto the bench, and now hopefully he can get some minutes under his belt and make an impact to secure his future with Sampdoria for the rest of the campaign at least. It would be such a shame after all this if his loan spell was ended.

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