By Harvey Byrne
Harry Winks was handed a start against Atletico Madrid in Friday afternoon’s pre-season friendly – and many Tottenham fans were impressed by the youngster’s performance.
The 20-year-old has been compared by Spurs fans to fellow Tottenham youngster and PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli, while others have said Winks has shown more than other academy graduates, including Ryan Mason and Tom Carroll.
Although, Tottenham lost the match 1-0, Winks received many plaudits after a solid display against the 2013-14 La Liga champions.
The youngster came off around the 75th minute mark after starring in central midfield alongside new signing Victor Wanyama and despite giving away a free-kick, which let to the Atletico Madrid goal, the youngster didn’t look out of place alongside the experienced Premier League star.
Winks is currently tied down to Tottenham until 2018 and the youngster has so far made three appearances in the Europa League for the north London club, including his debut in 2014 against Serbian side FK Partizan.
Mauricio Pochettino has a history of giving youth members a chance in the Premier League from his time in charge of Tottenham, as well as a spell as Southampton manager.
Here are a selection of the fans views on Winks’ performance against the 2016 Champions League runners-up.
Pochettino will be looking to use a large number of his squad next season, which could include Winks as he looks to improve the clubs third place position as well as competing in next season’s Champions League.
Although, a large squad is needed Spurs stars Alex Pritchard, Clinton N’Jie, Federico Fazio, Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, Michel Vorm and Tom Carroll have all been told that they can leave the club this summer.
In other Tottenham team news, Spurs centre-back Federico Fazio could be on his way to Italy after emerging as a target for Roma.