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Harry Winks enjoyed an excellent performance as Tottenham Hotspur escaped from Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal with a point.
The two teams drew 2-2 in a pulsating encounter at the Emirates Stadium.
Spurs, of course, took a 2-0 lead through Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane, but they were unable to see the game out.
Nevertheless, Winks played exceptionally throughout the 90 minutes.
Partnered with Moussa Sissoko in central midfield, the England international got up and down the pitch, kept the ball and was also excellent when it came to winning it back.
Per WhoScored, Winks had 51 touches of the ball, attempting 37 passes, and had a pass completion rate of 92%; the joint-highest of any player to start the game, alongside Sead Kolasinac, Arsenal’s left-back.
Winks also laid on two key passes and played a vital role in the build-up to Kane’s penalty, pirouetting on the left flank and playing in Son Heung-min, who was fouled by Granit Xhaka.
At just 23 years old, he is still learning and improving, but he completed the only dribble he attempted and also won six tackles, twice as many as second-placed Sokratis, who made three.
Winks played phenomenally well when one considers that he was playing alongside Sissoko, who was mysteriously quiet against the Gunners.
The Frenchman made just one tackle, had a mere 76% pass completion rate and was dispossessed twice.
Effectively, Winks was handicapped by the deficiencies of his partner.
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He will surely improve as the season goes on, particularly when Tanguy Ndombele is back to full fitness and in full flow alongside him.
One should view his performance against Arsenal through the prism of his limitations, though, as it makes it all the more impressive.
Winks often mopped up behind the Frenchman and also progressed the ball whenever possible; this was a brilliant display.