Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas recently stated his belief that Harry Winks should have been involved for Spurs in their 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2 (via The Focus), Jenas, who played 201 times for Spurs over a six-year spell, suggested that Jose Mourinho’s side could have done with fielding more creative players in the team, in order to help them break down Palace.
He said: “I don’t think they played well enough to get anything out of the game in the end. It’s interesting listening to Mourinho’s interview there, saying he wanted to control the game in the second half. He’s been playing with stoppers, [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg and [Moussa] Sissoko playing deep.
“That’s the flipside to it. When you want to have possession, maybe you need a Winks, maybe a Dele [Alli] in there. He needs to be able to mix it up in those moments and have more ball-players.”
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Winks has not featured in the top flight for Spurs since the club’s 3-3 draw with West Ham United back in October, and, since that fixture, Spurs had won five of their six fixtures in the run-up to the Palace game, including two impressive victories against Manchester City and Arsenal.
As such, Winks’ exclusion from the side does not appear to have been a problem in Spurs winning games up until the Palace draw, and, even in that fixture, Spurs had plenty of chances to win the match, and could well have done so comfortably if it were not for the heroics of Vicente Guaita in the Palace net.
So, with Spurs still topping the Premier League table and being on a highly impressive run of 11 games without defeat in the top flight, criticism of Mourinho seems harsh, but perhaps some more technical midfield maestros could have unpicked the lock on Sunday.
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