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Harry Winks: Profile of Tottenham and England midfield prospect

Tottenham’s youth system improved by leaps and bounds under Mauricio Pochettino. The likes of Kyle Walker-Peters and Oliver Skipp have come through the North London side’s academy, making appearances for the first team here and there. But one player in particular who was a regular under the Argentine was Harry Winks. However after Jose Mourinho’s appointment, is the future of the midfielder away from Spurs?

“His characteristics are perfect. When we talk about midfielders like Xavi and Iniesta, he’s like this type of player. He has this capacity but he needs to take my words in a very positive way — he needs a lot of work.”

Mauricio Pochettino on Harry Winks

The 23 year old has not been a favourite of the Special One since his arrival in November. Winks has started just 3 of Mourinho’s 9 games in charge, completing 90 minutes just twice. As a result, it’s no surprise the England international is being linked with a move away from Tottenham. According to reliable transfer source David Ornstein, both Manchester clubs are considering signing the midfielder. United in January, City in the summer. The Red Devils in particular are crying out for a midfielder with injuries to Mctominay and Pogba leaving them lacking evident quality in the centre of the pitch.

So is Winks the solution to United’s immediate problems or good enough for City’s long term plans? We’ll give you the run down:

Harry Winks – Style of Play

Standing at 5ft 10, Winks is an agile player that is quick off the mark and always looking to go forward. Various pundits and Pochettino himself have said that the Englishman has a unique skill-set which can be compared to foreign midfielders rather than other England ones. Perhaps Iniesta and Xavi comparisons are too far, but it’s certainly a compliment to his technical ability.

Winks is a very capable dribbler, averaging 2.3 dribbles per game in the Champions League this season. His low centre of gravity and fast foot work means he turns players with ease, as shown in the video before immediately looking to go forward. The Spurs youth product is a progressive midfielder that looks beyond the next pass. In the video, he plays quick short passes well before immediately looking to get it back after running into space.

Harry Winks in action for Tottenham

That football IQ, ability to play one touch and fast movements are perhaps why Guardiola wants him. He’s a player physically and stylistically that isn’t your typical England midfielder. Winks could fit into City’s possession based system with ease. The video also displays his range of passing and ability to orchestrate play from deep in half, right into the final third.

Not to mention, the 23 year old isn’t afraid to get stuck in. Several times in the video, he digs in deep and never shies away from tackles. The fight and aggression coupled with the elegance and technical ability makes Winks’ skillset ‘unique’ as such. Though he needs to improve physically and defensively if he wants to succeed as a defensive midfielder, as a deep lying playmaker in a 3, he could thrive.

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