Rio Ferdinand has explained that Tottenham’s Harry Winks may have a problem in being the kind of midfielder that Jose Mourinho likes.
Winks, 24, is a central midfielder to come through the academy at Spurs and he’s made 161 senior appearances for the North London club.
Despite enjoying a run of starts recently, the England international has lost his position in the next XI this season.
Spurs boss Mourinho has preferred Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg as the deepest of his midfielders.
Ferdinand believes that Winks is left with the issue of trying to show the manager he can do a job in the centre of the park and isn’t certain he’s got the attributes to replicate Hojbjerg.
“He’s someone who can see a pass, he’s got clean feet and I’m sure he will be asking the manager ‘what more do you need from me’ and he’ll be trying to work at it,” Ferdinand said, as quoted by Football.London.
“I think it’s a question Jose needs to be asked. Harry is a player who likes to get on the ball, likes to keep things moving and likes to control the pace of the game. I think Jose likes players like [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, who comes on and is a presence but is also very good tactically and he does a specific job for the team.
“Whether Winks can do that type of role for this Tottenham team remains to be seen.”
Winks and Hojbjerg can line-up together in the same XI for some games, but there is an overall better balance to the midfield if just one starts.
Hojbjerg, 25, has been sensational since his summer arrival and has to be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Winks is currently in a battle to show his quality.
The £50,000-a-week star (Spotrac) is an extremely talented midfielder that excels in a deeper role with his range of passing and composure on the ball.
But he’s perhaps lacking somewhat with the defensive and physical side of his game, something so crucial for Mourinho.