Alan Hutton claims that “fans don’t understand” how good Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks is due to his understated displays.

The former Spurs and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes onlookers expect to see more from the 24-year-old and that they do not appreciate why he is in the side.

Winks started his fourth consecutive game against Newcastle United on Wednesday evening and played the full 90 minutes on the way to a 3-1 win at St James’ Park.

Hutton has lauded the Tottenham academy product for the important role he plays in midfield and suggests that supporters sometimes expect too much of him.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he gets, I wouldn’t say bad press but people don’t understand his qualities and what he’s good at, what he’s there for. 

“He keeps the ball ticking, he keeps the ball moving, he never takes too many touches on the ball. I think probably what people want to see is him do more – as in more forward passes because he’s got the ability to pass, let’s see him do those type of passes.

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“He’s not really there for that, he’s there to keep the team moving, keep it going and essentially give it to the players like Lo Celso, Begwijn, Son to go and do a little bit of magic. 

“It’s a position where sometimes fans don’t understand – they look at it and think I want more from you – but he’s an integral part of the team.” 

Winks has played 39 times for Spurs across all competitions this season and has made six starts from a possible eight since lockdown.

He has a total of 140 appearances under his belt for the Lilywhites as well as six caps for England.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Hutton has spoken of an £80million deal after a stunning transfer was touted by a big-name manager.

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