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Tottenham 20-year-old shares plan to be first-team regular

By Emma Sanders

Harry Winks has revealed he is inspired by Tottenham’s academy because he has seen teammates graduate and become a success for the club.

The 20 year-old feels he has a future at Spurs due to the management of Mauricio Pochettino and has vowed to take his opportunity and follow in the footsteps of other academy stars.

“Everyone who has come through the academy and done so well – for us, it only inspires us to get to their level,” Winks told Tottenham’s official website.

“Having a manager like the gaffer we have here, he gives us opportunities, he has faith in us to put us in the mix and be part of that healthy competition.”

Winks came through the ranks in the youth system before bursting onto the scene in November 2014 when he made his first team debut in a Europa League victory against Partizan.

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He has established himself as a first team squad member now and has already notched up eight appearances this season, with his latest coming in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal last Sunday for his fourth league game.

The midfielder signed a new long-term contract in September, suggesting he has a bright future under Pochettino and the Argentine is renowned for his ability to coach youngsters in the game.

In other Tottenham news, the club could have seven key players missing for their clash against West Ham.