By Will Butcher

Jan Vertonghen believes Harry Winks can become the next Harry Kane by going from Tottenham’s youth academy to becoming a first-choice player.

Winks, 21, starred against Championship outfit Fulham on Sunday, as Tottenham booked their place in the FA Cup quarter finals with a 3-0 win over their London rivals at Craven Cottage.

Speaking to Spurs’ official website, Vertonghen claimed that the young midfielder could emulate the likes of Kane or Dele Alli and described his development as “unbelievable”.

“I thought he had a good game against Gent as well, even though the result wasn’t good. You can see how he’s improved over the last couple of years – it’s unbelievable,” Vertonghen said.

“He’s a great player and for me, he can be the next Dele or Harry Kane. There is lots of competition in midfield but he’ll be a very good player for Spurs over the years.”

Spurs’ number 29 had played just three days earlier before featuring against Fulham, but could not prevent Belgian side Gent from earning a 1-0 win in the Europa League.

Winks could now feature for a third time in a week in the return leg against Gent on Thursday, as Spurs will look to use home advantage to overturn the first-leg deficit.

This season, the Tottenham academy graduate has made 27 appearances under Mauricio Pochettino, as he remains first reserve to midfielders Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama.

Making two Premier League starts, Winks also got his name on the scoresheet for the first time this season as well as earning a new contract last week that will keep with Spurs until 2022.

In other Tottenham news, Pochettino is closing in on this £16million transfer for an international midfielder.

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