Darren Bent has been left raving over Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks for his willingness to take a risk with his passing while on England duty.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider Russell Edge, says that the 23-year-old has shown a cutting edge in the middle of the pitch that other defensive midfielders have struggled to demonstrate during their outings for club or country.
Winks started in both of the Three Lions’ fixtures over the current international break, netting his very first international goal against Kosovo on Sunday evening.
With another 180 minutes of international football under his belt, Bent says that Winks is setting himself apart from his counterparts in the middle with his forward-thinking style of play.
Bent told Football Insider: “He passes the ball forward and I think that is the big thing. He broke play up really well but what I like about him, some of his passes where he slides the ball between the full-back and the centre-half where Jadon Sancho can run onto it – it’s always forward.
“If you’ve not got a midfield player who’s taking a risk and passing that ball forward you’re going to go nowhere. If you’ve got a midfield player who’s always going to be safe, playing it sideways and backwards, you can never really get forward.
“With someone like Harry Winks who is on the half-turn all the time, he’s first look is forward and that’s half the battle.”
Winks has established himself as a mainstay for Tottenham this season, playing in all but one of the Lilywhites’ Premier League matches so far.
He has also started England’s last three games, with a total of six international caps under his belt to date.