By Noel Whelan

20th Nov, 2020 | 2:43pm

Exclusive: Pundit rips into Tottenham star for what he's done in public - 'I'm old school'

Noel Whelan has blasted Harry Winks for going public with his frustrations over his lack of game time under Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he thinks the 24-year-old should have spoken to his manager about the issue instead of taking to the press.

As quoted by Sky Sports, Winks confessed he was in a “difficult” situation at Spurs and admitted his lack of game time could harm his chances of making the England squad for next summer’s European Championship.

Football Insider has since revealed the Spurs midfielder is set to push for either a loan or permanent move away from north London if he cannot force his way back into Mourinho’s starting XI.

However, Whelan has suggested that any issues over game time should have remained behind closed doors and insisted Mourinho’s management cannot be questioned after Spurs’ form in the league.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I think there’s a right way of doing things, I’m old school.

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“I do think it should sometimes be, you know, with a manager, sitting down, talking, finding out where you belong in the pecking order, how important you are to the football club and the manager’s plans, before you come out publicly and say anything.

“Harry is still a very good international player, we saw it the other night when he came on, he is still very much in Gareth Southgate’s plans.

“Can you afford to leave out a player of international quality? It’s difficult because they’ve got a lot of players in that position and Jose Mourinho, you can’t really argue right now when they’re sitting second.”

Winks has played just once in the club’s last five Premier League games and has just three top-flight starts under his belt this season.

He has the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele for competition in the middle of the park.

In other Tottenham news, a £42million star is among trio facing axe in January transfer plans.