Tony Cascarino: This is major Tottenham weakness, tips 21-year-old as solution
By Dominic Toner
Tony Cascarino believes that Tottenham sometimes lack creativity going forward and feels that youngster Harry Winks can be the perfect solution.
The 21-year-old has made the step up into the first-team this season from the club’s academy and is highly rated by manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs had no troubles going forward on Sunday as they dispatched League One side Millwall 6-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
The north London club are sweating on the fitness of forward Harry Kane, though, after he was forced off with an ankle injury and the 24-goal striker would be a huge injury miss.
Former Republic of Ireland international Cascarino still feels Spurs can lack ideas going forward at times and claims that Winks can be a great solution.
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Moussa Dembele and Victor Wanyama usually operate in the middle of the park, but Cascarino has suggested also deploying central midfielder Winks for more creativity.
“Pochettino will look at those two (Dembele and Wanyama) and think not much will get past them, but I do think he can afford a luxury of a player like Winks in there,” Cascarino wrote in the Times. “There are times when they don’t have enough ideas going forward and he can offer that penetration.”
Winks has become an important squad player for Spurs this season and has made 31 appearances across all competitions, but only completing 90 minutes on seven occasions.
The Englishman is enjoying his breakout season at White Hart Lane and has become well recognised for his ability in possession.
He faces a tough battle to dislodge powerhouses Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama from the starting XI, but offers more creativity on the ball than his team-mates.
In other Tottenham news, the club’s 21-year-old has continued to impress during his loan spell at Stevenage.