It’s unclear whether there is any truth in the rumours that Harry Winks has courted interest from Barcelona, but the fact that he is being mentioned in the same sentence as the European giants says a lot about his potential.
Winks has developed into a regular starter for Tottenham Hotspur this season and his performances against Real Madrid in the Champions League showed just why there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the 21-year-old.
‘Little Iniesta’ is how Mauricio Pochettino refers to Winks at Spurs and England fans would love nothing more than to see the midfielder develop into something similar to the Barcelona legend.
He had to pull out of the international friendlies against Germany and Brazil due to an ankle injury, although the Mirror claim he will be at Wembley Stadium to watch Gareth Southgate’s side take on the Selecao as a fan.
Winks still needs to show Southgate why he deserves to be in the squad that travels to Russia for next year’s World Cup, hence why he is “absolutely devastated” to miss out on the friendlies.
Yet it will be hard to leave him out if he keeps on impressing for Tottenham.
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Winks is quickly finding out about some of the problems a professional footballer goes through.
He was spotted in a club in Watford by a fan, who asked the young midfielder for a photo.
Now, that same fan has attempted to expose Winks for going clubbing despite nursing an injury - even attempting to get in contact with The Sun.
“Harry winks meant to be “injured” instead he’s getting p***ed at pryzm in Watford @TheSun,” Nikhil Shah wrote.
Really? A professional footballer takes time out to pose for a photo, only to be outed for apparently feigning injury. It’s no wonder players seem fearful of engaging too much with fans.
Shah is now getting ruined for trying to out Winks.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, former Everton midfielder Leon Osman said Winks is England’s closest player to Italian legend Andrea Pirlo.
“For me Harry Winks is the first name on that team-sheet at the moment,” Osman said.
“He’s the guy who Italy had in Pirlo, I’m not saying he’s at that level yet, but he links everything up. He’s the guy who links the back and the front up.”
Iniesta, Pirlo… no pressure, lad.