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Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Winks praises Mauricio Pochettino amid exit talk

Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Winks praises Mauricio Pochettino amid exit talk

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks has praised manager Mauricio Pochettino, days after scoring his debut goal for England.

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The 23-year-old says that he owes his career to the Argentinian manager after he gave him his chance in the first-team at Spurs.

There have been reports from the Telegraph that Pochettino could be replaced in north London after a poor start to the season has seen the club fall to 14th in the Premier League.

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly among the list of potential replacements for Pochettino, should he depart the club, alongside Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Napoli head coach Carlo Ancelotti as per the Telegraph.

However, with nothing confirmed for definite, the 47-year-old will remain in the dugout at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for now, with his main priority being defeating West Ham this Saturday.

Winks certainly holds his manager in high regard, though, telling talkSPORT that he will be “forever thankful” to him for giving him a chance in the first-team.

“I’ve said many times and I will always say it, I’ve got everything to thank the gaffer for.

“He gave me the opportunity and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for him.

“Of course I’ve had to work hard to get here, but getting that opportunity in the first place is always difficult and I’m forever thankful to the manager for giving me that opportunity.”

Now a key member of the Spurs team, the academy graduate makes the most passes on average of any midfield in the squad (60.9 per WhoScored) and boasts the highest pass completion rate (90.9%) of anyone to have played more than twice for Tottenham this season showing his huge level of involvement.

The north Londoners are in a difficult situation at the moment but do have plenty of time to change their fortunes so sticking with someone key players such as Winks obviously admire is surely a better way to go than drafting in a replacement mid-season.

While Pochettino has struggled this season, he’s proven before he can get Tottenham fighting towards the top of the league.

That said, this almost sounds like a thank you and goodbye from Winks.

Spurs fans, is Pochettino the right man to carry you forward this season? Comment your thoughts below…

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