Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed an emphatic victory over Ludogorets last night after firing four past the struggling Bulgarians. Jose Mourinho rested key players including Son Heung-min and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, whilst handing a surprise start to the outcast that is Dele Alli.
Matt Doherty also made a return to the lineup whilst the manager put trust in Harry Winks once again, who put in a stellar performance in the midfield.
Whilst Carlos Vinicius was undoubtedly the star of the show after netting a brace, the somewhat forgotten defensive midfield man should not be played down for the shift he put in.
Winks bagged himself a sublime long-range goal to extend Tottenham’s lead in the second half. The ball floated in from 40-yards out, much to the delight of the player who even looked surprised at himself that he scored from so far out. But it wasn’t just his potential goal of the tournament that will have turned Mourinho’s head.
According to Sofascore, he made a total of four key passes and created a further big goalscoring opportunity despite being a deep lying midfielder. Winks also maintained a 90% passing success rate and contributed a whopping 12 long balls from an attempted 15.
There has recently been talks of the £75,000 per week star leaving the club after falling down the pecking order in north London. The arrival of summer signing Hojbjerg has put the Englishman out of favour, but as long as he continues to put in performances like this, there’s no way Mourinho will be able to keep him on the bench.
Spurs face Chelsea next as the Blues welcome them to Stamford Bridge on Sunday. It will be a tough hurdle to clear for the Lilywhites but it could be another opportunity for Winks to shine.