In Focus: Harry Winks deserves improved deal after impressive performances

According to reports in The Times, Tottenham Hotspur are ready to double midfielder Harry Winks’ current £20,000-a-week wages after he made his England debut on Sunday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Times says that the 21-year-old is set to be handed a new contract by the north London outfit following an impressive start to the campaign, even though he only extended his current deal in February which still has four-and-a-half years left to run.

The Times says that Spurs like to give regular pay rises to their young stars as they establish themselves in the first team and reach major milestones, and that has certainly happened for the Three Lions man in recent weeks.

As well as becoming a regular under Mauricio Pochettino since the start of September with Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama missing through injury, he played 90 minutes on his bow for his country against Lithuania at the weekend as he looks to secure a spot in England’s squad for the World Cup in Russia next summer.

How has Winks done for Tottenham this season?

Having started the campaign relying on appearances from the substitutes’ bench, the 21-year-old has started three of Spurs’ last four matches in all competitions as he looks to stake his claim for a regular spot in central midfield under Pochettino.

The fact that the team won and failed to concede in those three starts certainly reflects well on the midfielder, who has shown his abilities in his 121 minutes on the pitch in the Premier League this term.

The England man has made four clearances, two interceptions and one block, as well as winning both of the aerial duels he has contested and winning two of the three tackles he has attempted.

Does he deserve the pay rise?

He certainly does.

While it is still early days in his career for club and country, Winks is already showing the promise and potential to go on to have a big impact for both in the future.

The fact that his wage demands shouldn’t be too high also mean that his new contract is likely to be sorted out before Dele Alli’s or Toby Alderweireld’s are, with the duo also in discussions with the north London outfit over extending their current deals.