By Will Butcher

Osvaldo Ardiles has claimed Tottenham academy product Harry Winks is getting “better and better” after starring in his substitute role against Southampton on Sunday.

Winks, 20, came on for the last 15 minutes of Spurs’ 2-1 win against Claude Puel’s side, as he helped Mauricio Pochettino’s side hold on to a narrow win despite a late Saints onslaught.

Posting on his personal Twitter account, former Spurs player and manager Ardiles claimed the win against Southampton was “very welcome” and congratulated Pochettino’s side.

Ardiles also revealed his delight at the development of Winks, who has continued to shine for the north London giants since becoming the latest product of the prolific Spurs academy to break into Pochettino’s side.

Despite the absence of Harry Kane following his ankle injury against Millwall earlier this month, Spurs held on to keep the pressure on league leaders Chelsea.

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Playmaker Christian Eriksen opened the scoring, as he rocketed a left-footed drive from long range past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Dele Alli doubled Spurs’ lead from the penalty spot, sending England teammate Forster the wrong way to score his 17th goal of the season in all competitions.

The narrow win sees Spurs move within 10 points of league leaders Chelsea, after Antonio Conte’s side secured a late 2-1 win over Stoke on Saturday.

Spurs will be looking to close the gap on the Blues and consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League after the international break, as they travel to Burnley on April 1.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Smith has made this unexpected prediction concerning Pochettino’s side.

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