By Harvey Byrne
Mauricio Pochettino believes that Tottenham youngster Harry Winks “will be a very important player for the future” for the club.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who came through the youth system at Spurs has featured in four encounters for Pochettino in the new campaign.
He has played in two Premier League fixtures, an EFL Cup clash and even made an 82nd minute substitute appearance against Russian side CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
Now Pochettino, who has a reputation for nurturing young players as a manager has tipped Winks for a big future at the club.
“I’m happy with Harry Winks. Maybe today is not his moment, maybe it’s tomorrow,” said Pochettino during his pre-match press conference before the EFL Cup clash against Liverpool, as quoted by the Hertfordshire Mercury.
“I think he’s doing well. His pre-season was good, he’s showed good skills. For me he’s a trusted player, like he was against Gillingham where he played very well.
“Maybe in the next few weeks he will have the opportunity again to play. It’s always about the young ones coming through the academy and he will be a very important player for the future.
“Harry can play alone [in the holding role], he can play in that position because he is strong enough.”
Since moving to England in 2013 with Southampton, Pochettino has helped with a number of young England players, which includes Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Eric Dier and Dele Alli.
He has a prioritisation for young players, which also hasn’t affected results on the pitch.
Pochettino lead his Tottenham side to a third place finish in the most recent Premier League campaign and the club now sit in fifth place in the table and a point behind league leaders Manchester City.
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