By Kevin Phillips

8th Mar, 2020 | 1:11pm

Spurs Exclusive: Kevin Phillips makes major Harry Winks claim

Kevin Phillips claimed Harry Winks would make a good future captain of Tottenham if the opportunity was to arise. 

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 24-year-old was captain material despite coming across as “a quiet person”.

Winks took the armband against Wolves and Norwich last week in the absence of club captain Huge Lloris and vice-captain Harry Kane.

Lloris returned to action at Burnley on Saturday night whilst Kane remains sidelined with a ruptured tendon in his hamstring sustained at Southampton on New Years Day.

When asked whether he could see the midfielder being a future club captain for last season’s Champions League finalists, Phillips told Football Insider: “Definitely.

“I think he is a good player. He can play that holding role, a more advanced role in the midfield as well because he travels well with the ball. He has an eye for a pass and does not score that many goals but he strikes the ball well.

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“His mentality is good. There is captain material within him, given more experience.

“I do not know what he is like in and around the place but I know Harry Kane is very outspoken. Winks comes across as a quiet person but it does not matter. Captains do not need to shout, they need to lead by example and he is always capable of producing something.”   

The England international has been a mainstay under Jose Mourinho so far this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions.

The Lilywhites hopes of Champions League qualification suffered a blow on Saturday evening as they drew 1-1 away to Burnley.

In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider he fears Troy Parrott will struggle to recover from FA Cup exit.