Spurs fans told they do not understand star's main attributes

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Tottenham Hotspur turned in an excellent performance against Newcastle United earlier this week.

Spurs took on the Magpies at St James’ Park in a game that they really needed to win to keep their Europa League hopes alive.

They opened the scoring through Son Heung-Min but an equaliser from Matt Ritchie left Jose Mourinho’s side on the back foot.

However, a brace from Harry Kane gave Spurs all three points, and saw them move into seventh prior to Sheffield United’s clash with Leicester City.

Harry Winks played the full 90 minutes in the encounter, alongside Giovani Lo Celso and Moussa Sissoko in midfield.

The 24-year-old had been a key member of Jose Mourinho’s squad in recent weeks, playing 90 minutes in the last four games, from which Spurs have taken 10 points.

And Football Insider pundit Alan Hutton believes that the England international remains a vastly underrated figure in the club’s midfield.

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He said: “I think he gets, I wouldn’t say bad press but people don’t understand his qualities and what he’s good at, what he’s there for.

“He keeps the ball ticking, he keeps the ball moving, he never takes too many touches on the ball. I think probably what people want to see is him do more – as in more forward passes because he’s got the ability to pass, let’s see him do those type of passes.

“He’s not really there for that, he’s there to keep the team moving, keep it going and essentially give it to the players like Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Son to go and do a little bit of magic.

“It’s a position where sometimes fans don’t understand – they look at it and think I want more from you – but he’s an integral part of the team.”

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

This is spot on.

Winks is a key cog of Mourinho’s squad, but the stats don’t really back it up.

He hasn’t scored this season, nor has he registered an assist, but he is a cool, composed presence, who can continually recycle the ball.

Per WhoScored, he averages 54.9 passes in the Premier League, with a passing accuracy of 90.5%, while he also makes 1.3 tackles and 1.1 interceptions.

An England international, he offers a calm, assiduous presence; Hutton is completely right.

Fans ought to credit him with what he can do, instead of looking at his limitations.

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