Jermaine Jenas: This Tottenham academy player has blown me away
By Harry Sykes
Jermaine Jenas has revealed that he has been blown away by Tottenham youngster Harry Winks.
The Spurs academy product has made a big impression since since he was promoted into the first team.
Winks has been a regular member of the matchday squad this season and made his 29th appearances of the campaign in the London giants’ 4-0 demolition of Stoke on Sunday.
The midfielder, 21, played the last 24 minutes of the White Hart Lane clash after coming on for Jan Vertonghen, who was substituted as a “precaution”, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
“I really rate Harry Winks,” said ex-Tottenham midfielder Jenas on Radio Five Live while on punditry duty at White Hart Lane. “He plays with such balance and quality.
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“In tight situations, he doesn’t shy away from trying to get onto the ball and I really like that in a midfielder.”
Winks made his senior Tottenham debut last season after graduating from an academy that has produced a number of first teamers in recent years, including Harry Kane, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll and new Schalke signing Nabil Bentaleb.
Winks has been given more opportunities this season even though 19 of his 29 appearances have been as a substitute.
Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama were once again the central midfield pairing against Stoke as Pochettino named an unchanged starting XI.
A Harry Kane hat-trick, his third in nine appearances, and a Dele Alli goal helped to blow Stoke away thanks principally to a stunning first-half display.
The win lifted Tottenham to second in the Premier League table, although they remain 10 points adrift of runaway leaders Chelsea.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.