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9th Jun, 2017 | 6:32pm

Tottenham academy graduate claims senior man signing was vital to first team breakthrough

By Harvey Byrne

Tottenham academy graduate Harry Winks has claimed the signing of manager Mauricio Pochettino was the first time he thought he could make a breakthrough into the first team.

The north London club poached the talented Argentine manager from Premier League rivals Southampton in the summer of 2014 after he proved a success for the south coast club.

Pochettino built up a reputation at Southampton for handing younger players first team chances and he helped nurture the likes of Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw for the side.

Now, at Tottenham the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Kane are excelling, while Winks, who was presented with 21 appearances in the Premier League in the last campaign has told that Pochettino joining three years a go was vital to giving him the belief that he could make the step up.

“First time I really had an idea that I might get a chance to play here was probably when the manager signed and straight away he integrated a few of the young players and gave them opportunities to train and that’s when I realised there’s a good opportunity here,” told Winks speaking to the official Tottenham Twitter account.

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Winks made his debut for Tottenham under Pochettino in a Europa League group match in November 2014 against FK Partizan.

He has since gone on to make 36 appearances for the club and with five years left on his current deal he will be hoping to add a lot more to that total.

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