Tottenham have announced that 22-year-old Harry Winks has signed a new deal with the club via their official Twitter channel.
Winks, a life-long Spurs fan, joined the club’s youth set up at the age of 8. The central midfielder made his Premier League debut under current manager, Mauricio Pochetinno, at the start of the 2016/17 season.
The academy product is from Hemel Hempstead, a small town 24 miles northwest of London, and is well liked by Spurs fans who amicably refer to the player as “one of our own”.
The player’s progression from U18s captain to first team squad member is testament to the good work Pochetinno has done in North London.
Pochetinno has developed his reputation as a coach who is skilled at bringing players through the academy and integrating these talented prospects within the first team.
The Spurs manager has an unorthodox, Ferguson-esque policy when it comes to bringing through youth players, a policy which he has used to incredible success with Harry Kane.
If the Argentine rates a young player, he does not want that youngster to be coached by anyone else. He will call them up into the first team picture so that he can monitor their progress firsthand and see their attitude on the training field.
Winks, it would seem, is the next youth product to make the step into the first team picture and Tottenham fans are delighted – taking to Twitter to post their support for the young lad.
Here is some of the best of the reaction…
This is good.
Don’t stop doing good things.
— Mike (@THFCMikey) May 17, 2018
Yesssss Harry lad 😍
— Paul O Keefe (@pokeefe1) May 17, 2018
Poch and Toby now pls x
— Luke (@thfcIuke) May 17, 2018
Easy to forget just how good Winks was before his injury. He is Dembele's true heir
— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) May 17, 2018
— Clare (@chilly_spurs) May 17, 2018
Absolutely fantastic news, you could see how much we missed him towards the end of the season.
Also another great indication Pochettino is getting the issues he wants addressed and is being backed, as Winksy is a key player to this club in terms of our midfield moving forward.
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) May 17, 2018