Harry Winks struggled for fitness and first-team opportunities at the beginning of 2018, but as the year has developed he has blossomed into a brilliant box-to-box midfielder.
If there’s one thing Pochettino has learned in recent weeks it’s that Winks is destined to enjoy a sparkling career in the game. The boy is beginning to grow into a man, with a series of complete displays in midfield, characterised by bravery, consistency and exuberance, justifying the hype which surrounded him when he broke onto the scene.
Genuine box-to-box midfielders are a dying breed, but Winks possesses all of the necessary qualities which form the basis of any top midfielder looking to impact the game at both ends of the pitch.
Providing Winks wants to remain in north London, he could well become Tottenham’s midfield lynchpin for the foreseeable future, but who will partner him remains a mystery.
Mousa Dembele’s contract is running towards expiry and at 31-year-old he certainly won’t be at Tottenham for the long-term, while there are certainly questions to be raised about Victor Wanyama’s fitness problems and Eric Dier’s lacklustre form in recent months.
With these points to consider, it is no surprise that Daniel Levy is interested in signing Andre Gomes in 2019, according to the Daily Telegraph. The report claims that Spurs have already sent head scout Steve Hitchen to watch him in action and they could rival Everton’s bid to turn his loan deal into a permanent one.
Gomes’ form since arriving at Everton provides substantial evidence to suggest he would be a wise acquisition, but it’s the potential partnership he could establish with Winks which really hints that Tottenham’s interest is well placed.
Like Winks, Gomes is full of energy and willing to cover ground in midfield, but he possesses more of a natural instinct to dictate the tempo. Gomes has been pulling the strings and completing a huge number of passes in Everton blue, and that quality could well ease the burden on Winks and allow him to fine tune the more forward-thinking aspects of his game.
Winks is blessed with a decent turn of pace and the ability to burst forward with the ball at his feet, and alongside a player like Gomes, who has the vision and passing range to find his teammates in promising positions, he would have the ball-playing partner he needs to utilise a side to his game which is waiting to be unleashed.
In many ways Gomes and Winks are similar players, but the Portugal international’s natural playmaking style would facilitate the emergence of a formidable partnership.
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