By Michael Brown

20th Feb, 2020 | 10:13am

'Fantastic' - Exclusive: Brown raves over 'Wonderful' Spurs star he had doubts about under Jose

Michael Brown has been left raving over the performances of Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks after questioning how he would fit in under Jose Mourinho.

The former Spurs and Leeds United star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits he was not sure where the 24-year-old would play following the change of manager.

Winks played the full 90 minutes in the club’s 1-0 defeat at home to RB Leipzig, with the second leg taking place in three weeks’ time.

Brown admits he wanted to see an improvement in the midfielder’s defensive contribution and insists he has seen what he was looking for this season.

Brown told Football Insider: “I was wondering when Mourinho went in there, you’re saying what sort of presence of a midfielder (would he want)? 

“Would it be a bigger, more physical guy or would it be a Harry Winks who’s tidy and breaking it up. What I said was if he could improve that defensive side, just aware of danger a little bit – we all know his ability on the ball where he links and keeps it and moves out of danger, he’s fantastic at it.

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“He’s getting better at that and I personally think he’s a wonderful player, great character and he plays the game in the right way.” 

Winks has 29 appearances under his belt for Spurs this season, with 16 of those coming during Mourinho’s time in charge.

The six-cap England international has a total of 131 games under his belt for the north Londoners, having come through the youth system at the club.

In other Tottenham news, Kevin Phillips has tipped a barely seen Spurs player for a regular role after a Jose Mourinho update.