With Mauricio Pochettino’s side massively underperforming in the opening months of the season, most Tottenham players have seen their reputations knocked just a tad and many are nowhere near their best.
Harry Winks is an interesting player at Spurs that is certainly not at his peak this campaign and has even dropped out of the starting XI in recent weeks.
But the club’s academy graduate may have given his manger Pochettino a timely reminder of his quality on Thursday night.
The central midfielder got a much-needed 90 minutes under his belt at Wembley, as England beat Montenegro 7-0 to qualify for the European Championships next summer.
He had very little to do from a defensive standpoint, but sat at the bar of a midfield trio and showed his pinpoint accuracy in possession.
Winks put in the type of quality performance he’s capable of in the centre of the park, as he dictated play from the team and a lot play went through him.
The 23-year-old does possess more than just sideways passing and put a couple of dangerous forward balls through to his England teammates.
Despite being against a weak Montenegro outfit, he took control as the midfield pivot with plenty of communication and looked a class above his opponents.
Winks hasn’t delivered these types of displays regularly enough this season for Spurs, but he’s perhaps reminded Pochettino what he can do and he should return after the international break in much greater spirits.
He’s certainly got the quality in a deeper midfield role to cement his spot in the England team and he has to break back into a Spurs team that is crying out for more leaders.