Martin Keown: This is what Tottenham rising star lacks in comparison to senior player
By Danny Wright
Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that Harry Winks is still lacking the physical presence of a player like Victor Wanyama in the heart of the Tottenham midfield.
Winks, 21, has been in top form for both club and country in recent weeks, making his England international debut earlier this month after impressive displays for Spurs while filling in for injured senior players Waynama and Mousa Dembele.
The Spurs rising star, who is a product of the North London club’s academy, got pundits and fans raving again on Tuesday night for his performance in the 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.
Keown believes that the midfielder has a lot of great potential, but has suggested that as he earns more experience in the Premier League he could pose a serious threat to the first-team spot of Wanyama.
“England are not blessed with midfielders. We need more creativity and this gives Winks a massive opportunity,” said Keown on the Daily Mail website on Thursday [01:12pm].
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“I like his ability to handle the ball. Winks is a snappy passer. Everything is sharp.
“Despite his lack of Premier League experience he has real confidence. He may not have the athleticism of Victor Wanyama but he is still quick.
“Winks is exactly the sort of player who is benefiting from the training regime under Mauricio Pochettino. Good passers benefit from structured training sessions.”
Winks has made nine appearances across all competitions this term and after playing somewhat of a squad role in the opening games, he has started and completed all four of Tottenham’s last four games.
He has played a big role in impressive results against APOEL Nicosia, Huddersfield and most recently Real Madrid and could be called upon once more this weekend in what is no doubt another big test against Liverpool in the Premier League.
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