Tottenham supporters have been somewhat deflated in recent times after seeing their side’s 100% start to the Premier League season come to an end just prior to the international break.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with fellow high-flyers Watford having won each of their first three league games, beating Newcastle United, Fulham, and Manchester United to make a very fast start to the campaign. And in taking the lead at Vicarage Road through an Abdoulaye Doucoure own goal, a fourth straight victory looked to be in the offing, only for headers from Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart to earn Javi Gracia’s men all three points.
As such, there have been many despondent Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, although they are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from midfielder Harry Winks, who has said that he is ‘getting back to match sharpness’.
And after so long out with injury, there is little doubt that the full return of the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) will feel like a new signing to the North London club.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old has not started a Premier League game for Pochettino’s side since their 4-1 defeat to champions Manchester City back in December of last year, with the midfielder since then mustering just six minutes of league action as a result of injury.
In fact, given Winks was very much in England contention prior to injury during the winter, having shone on his Three Lions debut against Lithuania in World Cup qualifying, injuries certainly cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the finals in Russia, in an area of the field in which England aren’t hugely well-stocked.
And with Mousa Dembele at the age of 31 and with less than 12 months left on his Spurs contract, Pochettino may already be thinking about who will fill the void likely to be vacated by the Belgian in the near future – he should look no further than 22-year-old Winks.
The Englishman has shown in his short career to date that he has all the capabilities to go on and become a top-quality central midfielder at Premier League, be it genuine quality and composure on the ball, but also with the ability to get things going by showing dynamism in the middle of the park.
And having a player like him out for so long will surely feel like a new signing to manager Pochettino as, at the tender age of 22, he has a supremely bright future in the game, and could well be the next big-thing for Spurs in the centre of their midfield.
Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!