By Wayne Veysey

9th Jan, 2017 | 6:37am

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:

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.