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Paul Merson says Spurs have a 'perfect' talent in their ranks who's really 'efficient on the ball'

Paul Merson believes Spurs midfielder Harry Winks would be “perfect” for England at the 2022 World Cup.

The 25-year-old appears to have been given a lifeline at Tottenham after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.

Last week, The Athletic reported that Spurs had offered Winks to Leeds on loan, but the Whites turned him down.

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And earlier this summer, football.london claimed that Tottenham were open to “realistic” offers for Winks.

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But before the transfer window shut, The Sun claimed the midfielder has impressed new manager Nuno Espirito Santo since he took the Spurs reins.

So far, Winks has made three appearances this season – two starts in the Europa Conference League and a late cameo against Wolves in the league.

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Spurs ace Winks is “perfect” for Qatar 2022 – Merson

Now, Arsenal legend Merson has singled Winks out as a player who Gareth Southgate should look at for next year’s tournament.

However, he acknowledges that Winks needs to win his place back in the Spurs XI first.

“England will need to change the way they play at the next World Cup and that could open the door for players like Harry Winks,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“I have no doubt they will qualify for Qatar, but once we’re there the conditions are going to mean we can’t play our normal game.

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“Because of the weather there it’s going to be hard to play high tempo Premier League football. We’re going to need to keep the ball.

“And that means picking different players who are comfortable on the ball and don’t give it away.

“Players like Jack Grealish should be perfect in Qatar. He sees a pass, wins free kicks, and you can’t take the ball off him.

“But Gareth Southgate is going to have to find other players who can run the game and dictate play better in midfield.

“Players like Winks and James Ward-Prowse might be too safe for some people but they are what you need.

“Someone like Winks is perfect because he’s efficient on the ball and looks after it – but he has to get back in the Tottenham team first!”

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