This article is part of Football FanCast’s Pundit View series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent quotes from journalists, pundits, players and managers…
Paul Robinson has been drooling over Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Harry Winks, as reported by Football Insider.
Winks won his fifth England cap during England’s 7-0 win against Montenegro, playing the full 90 minutes in the routine win that saw the Three Lions secure their place at Euro 2020.
He had a total of 99 touches during the game, and was very efficient on the ball, completing 95% of his attempted passes and the 1 dribble he tried.
His was a performance that Robinson enjoyed, as he told Football Insider: “He gives you so much more than the other England midfielders. For me, I think Harry Winks is one of the best of the bunch.
“He dominates the game, defensively and offensively he offers you both and his ball retention, the stats speak for themselves. A fit Harry Winks is an important selection for England.”
Winks certainly has his part to play in the success of Gareth Southgate’s young team moving towards Euro 2020.
What is encouraging about this current England midfield is that there are different moulds of central midfielders, who can be especially useful in different scenarios.
For example, Declan Rice was not used against Montenegro, but his Premier League form shows how useful he can be defensively, averaging 2.9 tackles, 2.1 interceptions and 0.8 clearances per game.
Then there is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who came in at Wembley, scored and displayed how effective he can be across the pitch, playing 3 key passes and completing 1 dribble, while also making 1 interception and 2 tackles.
Like the aforementioned pair and others, Winks can be influential in England’s success moving forward, as he brings his own skillset to the team.