Tottenham travel to Barcelona on Tuesday night for the final match of their Champions League group stage and will need unsung hero Harry Winks at his best if they hope to achieve a famous European away win.
Spurs need to match or better Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven to progress for the knockout rounds of the competition.
The north London club know the size of the task waiting for them in Barcelona, but their Spanish opponents have already qualified out of the group and many expect them to rest a few key players.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side will be up against it regardless of which Barcelona team take to the field and can expect to have less possession against the pass masters.
But that’s why central midfielder Winks is pivotal to any possible victory.
Winks is an unsung hero in the centre of the park with his range of passing and positivity on the ball, something he will need to take to the Camp Nou.
The 22-year-old has shown his class on the European stage before and needs to be the calming influence in possession in midweek.
Winks has the composure on the ball to help Spurs build attacks and it’s important they don’t waste possession against a Barcelona team that can suffocate you.
The England international has the technical ability to work efficiently in midfield against some top-class operators and will give his side a chance if he plays well.