By Harry Sykes
Harry Winks was recalled to the Tottenham team for their 4-3 FA Cup fourth round triumph over Wycombe on Saturday – and fans took to Twitter to say he should be playing more often.
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 regular starting XI.
Against Wycombe, Winks was handed his eighth start of the campaign, and 23rd appearance in all competitions, as Spurs made nine changes from the team that drew 2-2 against Manchester City in the Premier League the previous weekend.
Winks was partnered in central midfield by matchday skipper Eric Dier as first-choice duo Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama were rested from the starting XI.
Spurs were two goals down at half-time as League Two outfit scented what would have been a sensational giantkilling.
But Tottenham staved off embarrassment by mounting a second-half comeback as two goals from Son Heung-Min, a Dele Alli strike and Vincent Janssen penalty secured the win.
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:
— Zia Khushnud (@21AK) January 28, 2017
Winks was man of the match for me #COYS
— cal 2️⃣6️⃣ (@CalHutchings26) January 28, 2017
— OneinaMillion? (@NPorter8) January 28, 2017
Winks and Son again showed their importance. Subs made the difference. #COYS
— Ben Rosenthal (@Ben_Rosenthal) January 28, 2017
Just finished. Quick takes: CCV for as lauded as he is, slow eh? Wimmer not his finest. Onomah’s purpose? I ❤Winks. #COYS
— SamZ (@ztranche) January 28, 2017
— Kieran Kirschner (@kkirschy23) January 28, 2017
Harry Winks and Son are the only players who impressed me at all today. Son is better wide. Winks brilliant again in the FA Cup #COYS
— Harry C (@HazSpur92) January 28, 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 League Cup.
Tottenham’s win on Saturday means they will take their place in the fifth-round draw of the FA Cup.
In other Tottenham news, a striker has put pen to paper on a transfer after Spurs agreed terms.