By Dominic Toner

Tottenham youngster Harry Winks has revealed that hearing the whole of White Hart Lane chanting his name against Southampton was a “special moment” for him.

The 21-year-old is a product of Spurs’ academy and has made his breakthrough into the first team this season.

The central midfielder has now made 32 senior appearances this campaign and his only goal so far came at home to West Ham in November.

He scored his first senior goal in a 3-2 victory against their London rivals and that helped him become an important player for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

However, Winks has explained that the reception he received at the weekend was very special as he came off the bench in the 2-1 win over Southampton.

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“It was a special moment for me, it was the first time I’ve heard the whole stadium sing my name like that and it really meant a lot,” Winks said, as quoted by the club’s official website.

Winks is the latest player to develop from the academy and become a regular in the Spurs squad, following in the footsteps of talisman Harry Kane.

The north London club are continuing to produce great young talents and playmaker Marcus Edwards is being tipped as the next to make the step up.

Winks has enjoyed a seamless transition into the senior squad and is now competing for a staring position each week.

The England Under-21 international is battling alongside two powerhouses Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama for a starting role.

Pochettino has shown a real trust in the youngster this season by playing him across all competitions, including 20 times in the Premier League.

The midfielder’s best strengths are his ability in possession and he has proved to be a calming influence on the side.

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino believes the club’s player can captain England.

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