By Will Butcher
Harry Winks has revealed the demanding rigours of the first team have been a steep learning curve, after Tottenham were knocked out of the Champions League.
Winks has had a big week making his first starts in the Premier League and the Champions League, and he scored for his boyhood club against London rivals West Ham on Saturday in a last-gasp 3-2 win.
Speaking to Tottenham’s official website, Winks revealed his disappointment after the loss to Monaco on Tuesday night, which sees Spurs staring at Europa League football after Christmas.
“It’s all about pressure, about results, about winning. There is no next game,” Winks declared. “We wanted to deliver and we were all determined to win, but it wasn’t to be. It was a disappointing night and we all under-performed.
“When you’ve come through the Academy and you are a fan, all you want to see is the team do well but when it goes like that, it’s a real blow.”
Winks is likely to feature this weekend for Spurs, as they go up against Chelsea on Saturday in their third consecutive London derby after facing the Hammers and Arsenal.
The 20-year-old has made 10 appearances for Spurs this season, after making his debut back in 2014 against Serbian outfit Partizan in the Europa League.
He made just two further appearances last season, before finally becoming a first-team regular this season under Mauricio Pochettino.
Tottenham’s number 29 will be hoping to help his side secure just their second win in 10 league and cup encounters against Antonio Conte’s side, who sit on top of the Premier League.
A win will could see Spurs move back into the Champions League places if North London rivals Arsenal drop points against Bournemouth on Sunday.
In other Tottenham news, this is the best combined team of Chelsea and Spurs players ahead of Saturday’s clash.