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Exclusive: Ex-Spurs ace tells Winks to follow Ardiles’ example

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Graham Roberts insists that Harry Winks needs to learn from Ossie Ardiles if he is to improve as a midfielder.

The former England international struggled immensely throughout the 2020/21 season under the management of Jose Mourinho.

Winks made a total of 15 Premier League appearances during the campaign but made just nine starts in that time.

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The 25-year-old did manage to work his way back into the team under Ryan Mason after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

He has been linked with a move away from the club, with Manchester United credited with an interest, but Roberts believes that he needs to change the way he plays, insisting that Ardiles is the example to follow.

Ardiles played for Spurs between 1978 and 1988, winning the FA Cup and the UEFA Cup; in 236 appearances, he scored 16 goals, but was a consistent source of forward momentum, as he looked to drive at defenders and make things happen.

Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, he said: “If he started improving his game and started moving forward with the ball, Harry Winks gets the ball and goes, bang, touch, centre-half, give me it back, centre-half, give me it back, he doesn’t do anything with the ball.

“As a midfield player, he should have a look at how Ossie Ardiles used to play. When Ossie got the ball, he used to run at people, and that person he’s running at has to make a decision, does he tackle Ossie or does he let Ossie run past him and just mark the player he’s marking?

“Harry Winks should start looking more forward when he gets the ball and running forward.”

Article title: Exclusive: Ex-Spurs ace tells Winks to follow Ardiles’ example

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