Despite not starting for England in last night’s international fixture, Harry Winks couldn’t help but get in on the action. In a 4-0 Nations League triumph over Finland, the Spurs midfielder came off the bench and bagged himself an assist, his second in three appearances for his country.
It took the midfielder 20 minutes from coming onto the pitch to set up Phil Foden for England’s fourth goal of the evening. His previous assist came against the Republic of Ireland in last week’s friendly. Winks is clearly using his lack of game time at club level to his advantages on the international stage.
The £25million-rated midfielder has made just four Premier League appearances for Tottenham Hotspur this season. On two occasions, including their most recent win over West Brom, Winks wasn’t even included in the match day squad. The arrival of summer signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg appears to have knocked Winks down the pecking order and recent reports hint that Mourinho could risk losing the 24-year-old altogether unless he takes action.
Winks is showcasing that he is simply too good to be left on the bench for Spurs. According to Sofascore, his performance against Finland saw him maintain 92% passing accuracy and create two key passes, despite being a defensive midfielder. He also put in one tackle and completed 2/3 of his attempted long balls.
Spurs are gasping for some creativity in their engine room this season. Out of the 19 goals they have scored in the league so far, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane have scored 15 of them (via BBC Sport). Whilst it highlights the talent of the two forwards, it also exposes the team’s lack of action in other parts of the pitch.
Spurs are currently second in the table after clawing their way up thanks to some recent vital wins. They cannot afford to slip back down due to a stagnant midfield. If Mourinho pairs the more defensive Winks up with attacking powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele, he could strike an ideal balance between creating for Son and Kane and helping to protect the back four.