By Emma Sanders

Harry Winks was ecstatic following his goal against West Ham on Saturday and said it was a “thank you” to Mauricio Pochettino for giving him his breakthrough.

The 20 year-old scored Tottenham’s opening goal in what was his first Premier League start and two late goals from Harry Kane ensured his side picked up all three points against their London rivals.

Prior to Saturday’s victory, Winks had already made four substitute appearances this season and a further four games in the Champions League and the EFL Cup.

“That is one moment in my life I can never repeat. I can’t explain it, being a Spurs fan as well, scoring the equaliser against West Ham, it was brilliant,” Winks told the club’s official website.

“That was a ‘thank you’ to him [Mauricio Pochettino] for everything he’s done for me.

Pochettino handed the youngster his Premier League debut in August during Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool and Winks was eager to show his manager how much the goal meant to him by celebrating with Pochettino on the sideline during the game.

Winks has enjoyed a hugely successful season thus far and made his England under-21 debut in the recent international break prior to scoring against West Ham.

Tottenham’s victory ended a seven-match run without a win but must now prepare for a tough Champions League clash against Monaco on Tuesday evening before they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on league leaders, Chelsea.

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