Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson was full of praise for England international Harry Winks for his performance in Tottenham’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
As per Sky Sports, Merson was keen to point out £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) Winks’ importance to the Spurs cause after his weekend masterclass.
He said: “Tottenham made Crystal Palace look average. In the first 45 minutes, Spurs were back to the side we all know, but it’s already too late to catch Liverpool. Harry Winks is such a massive player for them, the way he gets the ball moving quickly.
“They looked a proper team and as soon as the first whistle blew, they meant business. They rolled the ball back to the centre-half, lumped it forward and Winks put it over the bar within 10 seconds. The fans didn’t have to wait. They took the game to Palace, and they didn’t know what day it was.”
TBR’s View – Winks should have a strong claim to anchor England’s midfield
Declan Rice got a bit of a pasting in some quarters for his England performances last week, and while much of that was wide of the mark, Winks has more experience and would bring a different profile to the holding role.
Having Winks at the back of midfield would allow England to dictate the ball a great deal more, and he generally battles and scraps well in the engine room.
Against teams like Palace, he can set the tempo with consummate ease. It just depends which direction Gareth Southgate wants to go in.