It has certainly been a meteoric rise to fame for Harry Winks under Mauricio Pochettino over the last five years in North London.
Winks signed his first professional contract with Spurs in 2014 before making his debut in a UEFA Europa League match against FK Partizan in November that same year (Wikipedia).
It became abundantly clear that Pochettino was going to put immediate faith in this young holding midfielder.
Winks signed yet another deal with Spurs in 2015, before making his Premier League debut against Liverpool in 2016.
The academy graduate then made 33 appearances for Spurs in all competitions in the 2016/17 season, followed up by 25 and 41 over the next two years.
By 2019, he was playing in the Champions League Final, still under the same manager who handed him his debut five years earlier.
Winks has been opening up on his childhood as a Spurs fan and academy player, proving once again that he is Tottenham through and through.
He told Goal: “There are only Tottenham fans in my dad’s family. It was clear from birth that I would also become a Tottenham fan. I went to all the games with my dad.
“When I was in the youth academy, I always had a game myself on Saturday morning and then drove directly to White Hart Lane with my dad to watch the pros play.
“I love playing for Tottenham and I always give everything to my hometown club.”
On his relationship with Poch and the staff, Winks added: “Our coaches have created a new Tottenham and taken the club to a new level.
“They do incredibly well to improve us as players, and they have integrated youth players like me into the team.
“There is a special bond between the coach and the players. In the changing rooms, we are almost like a family. We all fight for each other. That’s probably why we’ve been so successful over the past two years and improved so much.”
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