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Exclusive: Graham Roberts says Harry Winks has become an average footballer

Former Tottenham captain Graham Roberts reckons that Harry Winks’ conservative style has seen him become an “average footballer”.

Winks had been a regular during his first four seasons since breaking into the first-team, but hit a major bump in the road last term which may have thrown his future into potential doubt.

From midway through the 2016-2017 campaign until the end of 2019-2020, the midfielder was an almost guaranteed starter.

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However, the arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg not only saw him slip down the pecking order and start just nine times in the Premier League last season, but almost led to Winks leaving on loan in January.

With Oliver Skipp now set to be integrated into the first-team following his heroics for Norwich in the Championship, Winks’ place in the squad would now appears even more uncertain.

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Having been one of Mauricio Pochettino’s favourites and then completely out of favour under Jose Mourinho, it’s unclear what the future holds for Winks under the incoming manager, but his position in north London feels in danger for the first time in his career.

And Roberts told Football FanCast that Winks isn’t the player he thinks he is:

“He’s gone Mr Conservative, he plays simple, and if I don’t give the ball away, I’m a great player.

“You’re not, he’s become an average player, and that’s being fair.”