Harry Winks needs showdown talks with senior Tottenham stars and Jose Mourinho after blotting his copybook with his early exit down the tunnel during the midweek Europa League win over Antwerp.
That is according to Danny Mills, the former England international speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley about the struggling midfielder’s need to deal better with his emotions.
Winks disappeared back to the home dressing room after being substituted moments after Spurs’ 55th-minute opener in their 2-0 triumph against Antwerp.
The England international was subsequently defended in public by Mourinho, who said Winks and Dele Alli both had his blessing to leave the stands early on a cold night in north London.
Mills explained that Mourinho will be far less agreeable behind the scenes and that will be the message the player is getting.
He told Football Insider: “Yes, of course it is a sign Winks is frustrated. But it’s not the way to deal with things. It’s not always easy to do that when you’re in the heat of the moment essentially.
“Emotions can quite easily takeover the situation. We’ve seen it’s not good to go against Mourinho, it’s no good to disrespect him in any way, shape or form. It doesn’t work.
“It can end up going completely against you, whether you want to leave or fight for your place.”
Winks was omitted from the Tottenham matchday 18 for their 1-1 Premier League draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday in a further sign of his diminished status at the club.
Mills added: “So I think he just needs to maybe have a chat with a few senior players or even the manager and get a few things off his chest and then deal with it.
“It’s football, only 11 players can play, you’re not always going to be in that 11.
“One manager loves you, the next manager doesn’t. It’s all about opinions and you’ve got to learn to deal with that. He probably hasn’t been in that situation before.”