Tottenham Hotspur fans are desperate for Harry Winks, valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt, to return to the team.
Spurs lost 1-0 to Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.
The Dutch side dominated proceedings in the first half, repeatedly carving Spurs open with incisive movements, quick passing and one dazzling finish from Donny van de Beek that ultimately decided the game.
Mauricio Pochettino set his side up to begin the game in a 3-5-2 formation, due to the absences of Winks, Harry Kane and the suspended Son Heung-Min, but was forced to revert to a back four after Jan Vertonghen sustained a nasty-looking head injury, leading to the introduction of Moussa Sissoko.
The France international restored some order for Spurs and allowed them to gain a foothold in the game, though they were unable to break down a stubborn Ajax defence led by the imposing figure of Matthijs de Ligt.
Following the game, fans were left pining for the calming influence of Winks, who has recently undergone groin surgery, in central midfield, with the England international offering perhaps the perfect skillset to counteract Ajax’s slick build-up play. Indeed, some are even hopeful that he could be involved in Amsterdam next week.
Take a look at the best of the reaction below!
Gutted we lost tonight but we are still in the tie. Kane, Son, Winks and a fit Sisokko badly missed! But who would have imagined our injury ravaged bare bone squad with no signings would still be in the top 4 and in Champions League semi finals! #thfc #coys #pochismagicyouknow
— Jonathan Evans (@jonoevansthfc) May 1, 2019
The number of players we're missing and then lose Jan during the game. Imagine if we had Winks, Lamela, Son and Harry for this game. Completely different! #COYS
— jennie — mute aja dulu (@janeurby) May 1, 2019
Everyone is saying son this sissoko that but in all honesty, we haven’t been anywhere near as good since winks hasn’t been playing regularly. He shows for the defenders, takes players on finds the right ball, starts attacks. We miss him as much as anyone #coys #thfc
— Tom clark (@tclark92) April 30, 2019
Yes we badly missed Kane and Son tonight but one cannot underestimate the value Winks brings to this team. Him and Sissoko in the middle of the park give us that drive and energy we were lacking tonight. Having said that we are still in the tie. #COYS
— Fahad Anwar (@FahadSAnwar) April 30, 2019
— Morgan.🏴 🇮🇪 SlawXXVI (@SlawXxvi) April 30, 2019
Sissoko really needs to sit on Saturday. Crucial that he plays 90 mins in the 2nd leg and he’s fully fit. We missed Winks terribly yesterday. We need some of our squad players to have a huge game on Saturday including Foyth Dier Davies and maybe even Janssen #THFC
— Hotspur Banter (@Hotspur_Banter) May 1, 2019
Only someone who doesn’t watch Spurs would understate how important Harry Winks is to this team. #THFC
— Liam Boland (@lbols38) April 30, 2019
Winks would have made a huge difference here. Gutted..
— Simon Hart (@bandylegs27) April 30, 2019