By Danny Wright

3rd Nov, 2017 | 2:57pm

Euro giants chief keeps close tabs on Tottenham midfielder (not Alli or Eriksen) - report

By Danny Wright

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has been keeping close tabs on Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks in his performances against Real Madrid, according to a report.

The London Evening Standard claims that Fernandez was originally watching over Christian Eriksen but Winks, 21, is said to have caught the eye of him instead after pulling the strings twice against the reigning European champions.

Fernandez is understood to have watched over the England international when he played at the Bernabeu last month before sending more observers to continue tracking him at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Winks has emerged as a real star of Mauricio Pochettino’s side, having been forced into the regular starting line-up due to injuries to Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.

The Spurs academy product has clearly shone in the deep-lying playmaker role and his ability on the ball in the big occasions is perhaps what has seen European giants Barca become interested.

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Winks and Eriksen aren’t the only Spurs aces attracting attention from the Nou Camp with the Sun reporting in August that an approach was made for Dele Alli.

Football Insider Verdict

Winks is clearly a talented player but there’s a fear that people are getting too carried away in bigging him up. It’s the one major setback of the British media is that whenever a young player starts to shine, there are always shouts of the player being the ‘next this’ and the ‘next that’. Let Winks be Winks and continue to keep his steady progression where he is. Barcelona don’t need him at this stage and nor is he good enough to get into their team. Tottenham is the perfect place for him to stay, learn the game under Mauricio Pochettino and most importantly stay grounded. 

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino has detailed an injury update about Erik Lamela.

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