In a piece for the Daily Mail, journalist Matt Barlow has heaped praise on Harry Winks and suggests the Tottenham Hotspur-owned player could be the key to helping Sampdoria stave off relegation from Serie A this season.

Winks had been with Tottenham for his whole career until this season, racking up 203 appearances and scoring five goals for the club (Transfermarkt). However, since Antonio Conte’s arrival, the midfielder found himself on the peripheries of the squad and struggling for game time.

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The 27-year-old moved to Italian side Sampdoria on a season-long loan, but a severe ankle injury left him unable to train or play for the club until recently. He is playing now though, and the Italian press are very impressed by what they have seen (Gazzetta dello Sport).

Sampdoria are currently in 19th place in the Serie A table, eight points adrift of safety. But, it is thought by some that Winks could be the key to helping them stay in the division.

That’s the opinion of Barlow at least, who said “Harry Winks was cool and composed, perfectly at home in the heart of this Sampdoria team,” after seeing Sampdoria pull off a surprise draw against high-flying Inter Milan.

The praise didn’t stop there, as Winks was commended for being “hugely influential,” and it has even been suggested that the Englishman could be the “unlikely saviour” for struggling Sampdoria.

Winks was called an “intelligent pass master” in the report, and was celebrated for his hard work during the draw.

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It makes me very happy to see Harry Winks getting such high praise upon his return to action over in Italy and it sounds like he’s doing a great job. Hopefully, he can keep Sampdoria up, as that would be a really nice story for him and the club after such a difficult start to the loan spell.

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