Harry Winks is fast becoming integral to Tottenham Hotspur and the way they play.
The England international stood out again on Tuesday during Spurs’ 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.
Winks was brought in by Mauricio Pochettino to anchor the midfield, with Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli supporting Harry Kane.
Usually Pochettino deploys two holding midfielders, but he had no choice but to field Winks on his own against the Dutch side, with injuries to Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama.
Winks did an outstanding job in the engine room, and showed he is capable of becoming a key player for the team.
His ability to do everything well make him an integral member of the squad, which is timely given the situations regarding Dembele and Wanyama.
Winks flourishing eases fears over duo
The Sun recently claimed Dembele and Wanyama are both on Tottenham’s transfer list for January.
Dembele, stretchered off against Wolves last weekend, is not the same player as he was couple of seasons ago.
He has been linked with a move to Juventus.
Wanyama has struggled with various injuries over the past couple of years and Spurs could well move the out-of-favour Kenyan on in January.
The fact that Tottenham seem prepared to lose both is surely down to the emergence of Winks.
That said, he’s been on the scene for a couple of years, but only now is he establishing himself as genuinely integral.
His technical ability is excellent, as is his work rate and desire to be aggressive with the ball rather than conservative.