197-game Spurs star has 'slipped down to fourth choice' under Conte

Harry Winks has dropped down to fourth choice centre midfielder at Tottenham, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The £15.3m-rated midfielder has featured heavily under Antonio Conte in recent months, but his game-time has been boosted by injuries to Oliver Skipp and Rodrigo Bentancur.

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It’s been a strange season for Winks, who’s had his fair share of opportunities since Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo, but he’s been unable to rediscover the type of form that made him a nailed on starter under Mauricio Pochettino.

He was dropped for the win over Everton on Monday but has started 12 matches in all competitions under the Italian.

But according to WhoScored, Winks has been Spurs’ 15th-best player this term, which has included just one goal contribution in his 13 league outings.

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He does have the fifth-best passing success rate in the Tottenham squad, but averages less than one key pass per game and manages just 0.2 shots. Winks’ defensive numbers are equally as unimpressive, with the midfielder averaging less than one tackle, interception, dribble, and block per 90 minutes, which suggests that he isn’t offering much at either end of the pitch.

Therefore, O’Rourke doesn’t think that the 26-year-old can have many complaints about being behind the likes of Skipp, Bentancur, and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the pecking order.

What did O’Rourke say about Winks?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think it’s probably fair to say that Harry Winks has dropped down to fourth choice in the central midfielder area.”

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Is Winks Tottenham’s fourth choice midfielder?

Winks has made 197 appearances for his boyhood club, but there’s an argument that he isn’t getting any better and is arguably becoming worse, with the statistics above suggesting that he is adding little to the midfield.

The danger for Winks is that Tottenham are out of every cup competition, so once Skipp, who was a regular starter under Conte before he got injured, returns from his ongoing groin injury, his chances of getting game-time are going to diminish even further.

But given Winks’ questionable performances on the pitch, he really can’t have many complaints if he finds himself on the bench for the rest of the season.

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