IAN LADYMAN: Why the other Harry must ask to leave Spurs too… Winks was once compared to Xavi and Iniesta by Mauricio Pochettino but Jose Mourinho destroyed his confidence and he needs a fresh start

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  • Midfielder Harry Winks has found himself in favor of Tottenham this season
  • Mauricio Pochettino once said he can turn attack into defense as quickly as Zavik
  • But Jose Mourinho’s verbal criticism has ‘completely destroyed’ confidence
  • Nuno, like Mourinho, prefers to physically impose his two holding players
  • This is why Pierre-एmile Hojberge and Tanguy Ndombele are regularly favored

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In most football clubs, where there has been laxity and quick change of managers, it is usually one player who is particularly suffering. That player at Tottenham is Harry Winks.

remember him? One of the young stars of Mauricio Pochettino’s time at the club, Winks was once described by former Spurs manager as similar in style to Spain duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

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Pochettino was not suggesting that Winks had a high level of talent, only that he had the ability to quickly convert defense into attack.

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Harry Winks needs a new lease of life after being constantly out of Tottenham squad

Winks were once described by Mauricio Pochettino as similar in style to Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Winks were once described by Mauricio Pochettino as similar in style to Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Gareth Southgate thought so too, and said so as winks briefly became a central part of his thinking in midfield. Winks has 10 England caps.

But Southgate – like most international managers – are generally reluctant to pick players who aren’t playing for their clubs, so Winks’ career at Tottenham has fallen off a cliff, so his England chances have dwindled. .

At Tottenham, it was thought that the Winks problem was purely related to Jose Mourinho. Pochettino’s successor is said to have not only kicked Winks out of his team, but also verbally criticized him to such an extent that a source recently commented that the 25-year-old was “completely destroyed”. ‘ It was done.

If that were the case, Winks is still not well as he is not currently playing for Nuno Espirito Santo either.

Pochettino (L) was suggesting that winks had the ability to quickly convert defense into attack.

Pochettino (L) was suggesting that winks had the ability to quickly convert defense into attack.

The Winks have played only three Premier League matches this season. Two were as substitutes in the 89th minute, the other as starters in a 3–0 loss at Crystal Palace. That was an unused option yesterday.

Winks was dropped after an hour and has not been seen since that game on 11 September. It is always easy to blame a manager. Nuno – like Mourinho – prefers to physically impose his two holding players.

This is why Pierre-एmile Hojberge and Tanguy Ndombele are regularly favored.

Winks, a much lighter player, sees himself best positioned in that position, but some have encouraged him to change his approach and try to play further down the field.

In a recent training match against Millwall during the international break, Winks did it and was impressive by all accounts. Nevertheless, it is understood that he continues to prefer a deeper position.

Jose Mourinho verbally criticized him to such an extent that his confidence is now destroyed

Jose Mourinho verbally criticized him to such an extent that his confidence is now destroyed

What is clear now is that something must be given. Winks is 26 in February and the dynamic has changed at Tottenham.

Nuno – not very influential at Spurs so far – was essentially hired by Fabio Paratici, the new and powerful director of football and as such he is unlikely to go anywhere anytime soon.

So Winks has a responsibility to do something and now it looks like a move away from Tottenham is the best option so far.

Winks resisted this temptation over the summer but probably shouldn’t do it now.

He would fit in well in a team like Liverpool but it is something Tottenham boss Daniel Levy will never allow, so his best option yet may be found overseas or at the bottom of the Premier League food chain.

His lack of minutes also means that his England chances under Gareth Southgate have dwindled

His lack of minutes also means that his England chances under Gareth Southgate have dwindled

Pierre-एmile Hjberg has played every Premier League game this season

Tanguy Ndombele has played himself in the opening 11 of this season

Pierre-एmile Hjberge and Tanguy Ndombele are just two of the midfielders that Winks liked

Winks came through the system at Spurs and feels emotionally attached to the club but now it feels like this is a link he must break. He should be told to leave.

After not playing for England for almost a year, he missed the summer Euros and was overtaken by West Ham’s Declan Rice, Leeds’ Calvin Phillips and Chelsea’s Mason Mount.

Winks was part of the Spurs team that beat Leicester 4-2 on the final day of the previous season, and Southgate was later told how well he had played.

The national coach replied that no one forgets. That may be so, but such assurances rarely last forever.

Winks feels emotional attachment to Spurs, but has to ask to leave club now

Winks feels emotional attachment to Spurs, but has to ask to leave club now

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