COMMENT By Dominic Toner
Harry Winks should be selected in Tottenham’s starting XI against Monaco on Tuesday.
The 20-year-old marked his Premier League full debut on Saturday with a goal as Spurs recorded a narrow 3-2 victory against London rivals West Ham.
The central midfielder levelled the game up at 1-1 with a close range finish, with Harry Kane going on to score a late brace to secure the three points.
Winks showed maturity beyond his years in his first league start against an impressive West Ham side and is exactly the type of player needed against Monaco.
Spurs face a crucial away fixture in the Champions League against the French side and need to win to keep their hopes of progressing to the knockout stages alive.
The north London club were outclassed in the reverse fixture as they were beaten 2-1 by a well organised Monaco outfit.
Winks was arguably the man-of-the-match against the Hammers and Mauricio Pochettino must stick with his policy of playing young players.
The youngster has made two appearances in the European competition this season and should be trusted with a starting role alongside Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama in midfield.
He is the latest Spurs player to be handed an opportunity in the senior side this season and appears to be one who can stake a regular place in the team.
Spurs are blessed with several talented midfielders with the likes of Dembele and Wanyama, but Winks showed both attacking and defensive skills in his complete performance.
Winks will be in a confident mood following his dream league debut and Pochettino should exploit that against Monaco.
In other Tottenham news, Graham Roberts has hailed this modern ace as one of the club’s best ever strikers.