Tottenham fans on Twitter hail fringe player as emerging superstar
By Harry Sykes
Harry Winks was recalled to the Tottenham team for their 2-0 FA Cup third round triumph over Aston Villa on Sunday – and fans took to Twitter to hail him as a potential superstar.
The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as an increasingly significant member of Mauricio Pochettino’s first-team squad this season since making his Premier League debut in August but is still on the fringes of the starting XI.
Against Villa, Winks was handed his seventh start of the campaign, and 20th appearance in all competitions, as Spurs made nine changes from the team that beat Chelsea 2-0 in midweek.
Winks was partnered in central midfield by Eric Dier as first-choice duo Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama were rested from the starting XI.
Spurs took 71 minutes, and the introduction of Dele Alli from the substitute’s bench, to break the deadlock against Championship outfit Villa, but eventually won comfortably through goals from Ben Davies and Son Heung-Min.
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Fans were blown away by another mature display from Winks, who played the entire 90 minutes of the White Hart Lane clash.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@TomCStandard and another game that Harry Winks grabs the attention. The kid looks like a superstar
— Jay (@ryantegan) January 8, 2017
Harry Winks far and away the best player on the pitch today. Huge potential. Very exciting #COYS
— Julian Betts (@BettsJulian) January 8, 2017
— Gavin Bunker (@Gavbele) January 8, 2017
— Matt Barnes (@mbarnsey18) January 8, 2017
Spurs are the best team in England, Winks the best midfielder in the league. #COYS
— Every Time I Dier (@DonohueCOYS) January 8, 2017
— Jonathan Hart (@jmhart72) January 8, 2017
Harry Winks played like he wanted to impress the boss, exactly what some of the other fringe players needed to do #COYS
— Ozzie (@oztan17) January 8, 2017
Winks showed today that he is ready to push Dembele for a place seriously. Jansenn showed he isn’t ready yet. Who is there w/out Kane? #COYS
— Josh Gaventa (@GaventaJosh) January 8, 2017
Spurs’ priority is to challenge for the Premier League title and at least secure a top-four finish but manager Pochettino will want to make an impression in the FA Cup after a wretched Champions League campaign and early exit from the FA Cup.
Tottenham’s win on Sunday means they will take their place in the fourth-round draw of the FA Cup on Monday night.
In other Tottenham news, the club are close to sealing an attacking midfielder transfer.