By Russell Edge

Hull City star Ryan Mason has said that Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks should be targeting 20 starts if he wants to have a “great season.”

The 21-year-old has reestablished himself into the Tottenham first team this campaign after a serious injury layoff, which saw him go six months between starts for the club.

However boss Mauricio Pochettino has been giving the youngster a mix of substitute appearances and starts, which have built up his fitness, and he started his first league game of the season in the 4-0 win at Huddersfield.

His impressive performances even caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate, who called Winks up to the senior England squad following Fabian Delph’s withdrawal.

However, former Tottenham youngster Ryan Mason has insisted that Winks needs to be aiming for in excess of 40 appearances for Spurs this season, with half of those coming as starts.

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Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Debate Podcast (02/10), the 26-year-old said: “For him, 20 starts a season and 15-20 [appearances] off the bench is a great season for him.

“He’s not quite at the point where he needs 35-40 games a season, he’s still young. We’re really seeing him develop into a good player.

“Winks is in that position where he’s still learning and I think he’s under the best management and coaching team to progress as a player.”

Since making his debut for the club, Winks has made 43 appearances for the club, with a goal and an assist to his name.

Mason, who left Spurs last summer after making 53 appearances over an eight year spell, was also called up to the England squad, and has one solitary cap to his name.

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