Gary Mabbutt has told Love Sport Radio that he thinks Harry Winks could become Tottenham Hotspur’s captain in years to come, after the Spurs legend accompanied Winks to a care home for people with dementia last week.
Still only 24 years of age, Winks has come through the ranks at Tottenham to play 128 times for the senior team. The England international opted against going on loan in order to fight for a chance – and it has paid off.
The midfielder has even dealt with the change in manager. Many believed that following Jose Mourinho’s arrival as Mauricio Pochettino’s replacement, that midfielder Winks would suffer. Instead, he is one of the first names on the team sheet.
Now, Spurs legend and former captain Mabbutt has claimed Winks has got all the tools to replace £100,000 a week Hugo Lloris (Spotrac) as captain of the north London club – after the two visited the care home.
“Last Thursday myself and Harry were visiting a care home for people with dementia, we went there with the Spurs football foundation with a company called Sporting Memories,” Mabbutt said.
“Harry was a superstar, amongst all the elderly people in bad conditions and Harry was fantastic. I’ve got the belief that if he continues to improve as he is, I think he could be a future captain of the club.”
TBR’s view – Is Winks good enough to captain a club like Spurs?
One thing Winks does have on his side, in pursuit of the armband, is that he is Spurs through and through. His reaction to Oleksandr Zinchenko’s red card on Sunday has become a highlight on Twitter, punching the air after a red was shown.
That is a massive plus. Lloris could leave Tottenham in the summer, though he does have 18 months remaining on his contract. Spurs have been linked with signing a new goalkeeper, including the likes of Andre Onana.
Hard-working, a team-player and Spurs through and through. Only one thing stands between Winks and the armband, and that is England captain Harry Kane. Kane would have to leave for Winks to become captain.