There is no doubting the talent of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks. The young midfielder made his breakthrough into the Tottenham team last season, playing 33 times and scoring one goal. He even earned himself a first England cap after an impressive start to the new season, including a starring performance against Real Madrid.
A tidy, possession-craved midfielder, he is exactly what Mauricio Pochettino desires from his Tottenham players and has a great future in the game. But will it be with Tottenham?
This season has been more of a struggle for Winks. He suffered ankle ligament damage last April and has been struggling with the problem again this term. He has therefore played just 25 times this season and has not played in the Premier League since December.
It all just has a familiar ring to it. Plenty of Tottenham’s young stars, especially in central midfield, have come close to cementing a regular place in the squad. Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason are three perfect examples. In the end, however, all three headed elsewhere. Bentaleb went to Schalke 04, Carroll to Swansea and Mason to Hull until recently having to retire due to a head injury.
All three are fantastic players, just like Winks, but were not quite good enough for Pochettino’s Spurs.
There is a lot of faith in the youngster. He was a go-to guy for Pochettino in the Champions League this season putting in some superb performances.
But reports from The Mirror suggest Spurs are looking at bringing in Bryan Cristante and Andre Gomes from Benfica and Barcelona respectively this summer.
More competition could leave Winks again fighting an uphill battle to become a Spurs regular.
Just like the aforementioned trio of former Spurs players, there is a growing sense that Winks may not make the grade at Tottenham after all and that would be a major blow to Tottenham fans. Winks is one of their own and hopefully he can get a chance to shine next season.