Desperately missed: Spurs fans crying out for Harry Winks’ return

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!

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