Harry Winks has thanked his club manager Mauricio Pochettino for continuing to place his trust in young English talent, according to The Independent
The article talks about Harry making his senior England debut in Sunday’s 1-0 win over Lithuania, a game in which he turned in an eye-catching performance in midfield,that despite him having only four Premier League starts under his belt.
It continues by saying Winks’ integration in the first-team picture has been carefully handled by his manager, and that Pochettino’s methods have also helped the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier become integral parts of the senior England set-up.
Winks is desperate to be part of Gareth Southgate’s squad for Russia and the article says he lays the credit for his rapid rise at the door of his Argentinian boss.
“It’s well known English players struggle to get opportunities in the Premier League, which is difficult for us,” he said. “Fortunately for me he’s given me my chance and I can’t thank him enough for that. “It’s brave for the manager to do it but we have to justify that decision and I think I can say I’ve done that.”
It goes on to say that Winks, 21, also praised Pochettino for a holistic approach he has with all his players, spending as much time on his players’ mentality as their football skills.
“Not only has he helped me physically and technically but he’s helped mentally as well, that’s something I can thank him for as well,” he said.
“He’s a top manager and a top man as well. He’s someone who’s always there to give advice and help you. He just breeds confidence around the camp.”
So high praise indeed for Pochettino. Winks has done very well when called upon and with the increasing uncertainty over Mousa Dembele’s long term fitness, he is going to become very important for club but hopefully country too. Do you think young Harry has a chance to be on the plane to Russia? Or will this tournament come a little too soon for our ‘Little Iniesta’
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