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Harry Winks was Tottenham’s unsung hero in victory at Cardiff City

Harry Winks was Tottenham’s unsung hero in victory at Cardiff City - Tottenham

Tottenham supporters have been making a lot of noise in recent times after seeing their team move back up to second place in the Premier League table on New Year’s Day.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with relegation-threatened Cardiff City off the back of a shock 3-1 loss at home to Wolves at the weekend, and thus in need of a response in South Wales on Tuesday to keep their faint title hopes alive. And the North Londoners responded admirably as goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, and Son Heung-min sealed a routine 3-0 victory for Spurs at the Cardiff City Stadium, thus moving them back above Manchester City into second place in the division.

As such, there have been many thrilled Tottenham fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be heaping praise on messrs Son and Kane, both of whom scored and set another up in fabulous performances in the Welsh capital on Tuesday, beginning the New Year just as they finished the last one.

And while those two will obviously be vital in whatever success Spurs go on to have under Pochettino this season, so will central midfielder Harry Winks, who produced yet another masterclass in the middle of the park to suggest that he was the real inspiration behind Tottenham’s win on Tuesday.

The England international has benefited greatly from injuries to fellow midfielders Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, and Eric Dier to make a midfield spot his own in Pochettino’s side in weeks gone by, with Tuesday his fourth successive Premier League start for the North London club.

And it was another excellent day at the office for the 22-year-old in helping Spurs to all three points, with the Englishman finishing the match with a staggering 99% pass success rate, misplacing just one of the 96 passes he attempted over the course of the 90 minutes (as per WhoScored).

Unsurprisingly, no one on the field off play got near that level of success to underline just how sensational Winks was on the ball against Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds, while the fact that he won with his one and only dribble also emphasised just how comfortable he was with the ball at his feet.

He also did his fair-share of work defensively as well in completing the one and only tackle he attempted during the match, while solitary clearances and interceptions also suggest that he played his part in relieving some of the second half pressure the home side put on Pochettino’s men.

Overall though, that 99% pass success rate was simply outstanding and exemplifies just how much confidence Winks currently has in his ability after a run of starts in the first team – Son and Kane may have come up with the goods going forward, but with numbers like that, £13.5 million-rated Winks (as per Transfermarkt) was clearly the real inspiration behind Tottenham’s 16th Premier League win of the season.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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