Tony Cascarino was not impressed by the performance of Tottenham’s Harry Winks despite the fact his side got an impressive 2-2 draw against champions Manchester City on Saturday.
As per his column in the Times, Cascarino says the £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) midfielder will not become a regular unless he improves the defensive side of his game.
He said: “It is very difficult playing against Manchester City and even harder when you have a midfielder that cannot do the ugly side of the game well. Harry Winks could not keep track of Kevin De Bruyne.
“The problem is the game has evolved and being good without the ball is a big part of successful teams now. If Winks cannot do that, he won’t become a regular for Tottenham. He was substituted on Saturday — not because he gave the ball away but because he was chasing shadows.”
TBR’s View – Winks will become a Tottenham regular but Saturday was a lesson
There’s little doubt that Winks will become a Tottenham regular – Cascarino’s fears on that front are overblown – but dealing with the elite creative midfielders is a lesson for him.
He’s a different type of deep midfielder – he isn’t as physically imposing as a Rodri or a Fabinho – but he can set the tempo of a game.
Winks needs support from the quicker Moussa Sissoko and Tanguy Ndombele either side of him in the biggest matches, because no midfielder can keep de Bruyne quiet on his own.