Tottenham Hotspur shockingly crashed out of the FA Cup to Championship outfit Middlesbrough on Tuesday night, adding to manager Antonio Conte’s ongoing woes in 2022.
It’s now five defeats in seven outings across all competitions for the north London outfit as they watched their only real chance of silverware slip from their grasp.
Their wait will now extend to a 15th season with only the top four left to play for.
In front of a sell-out crowd at the Riverside Stadium, Boro ran out triumphant in extra time after substitute Josh Coburn latched onto Matt Crooks’ pass, firing past Hugo Lloris in the 107th minute.
It was a well-deserved victory for the second-tier side and one that’ll leave Conte teeming with anger, especially given his reaction after Burnley. As such, he ought to be considering the long-term futures of several of his disappointing stars.
One of which being Harry Winks, who endured an absolute nightmare up in the northeast. Before the Italian’s arrival, he was close to the exit door, having fallen heavily out of favour under Jose Mourinho and Nuno Santo.
Now it’s easy to see why.
Against lower league opposition, the 26-year-old failed to win a single one of his eight duels, meaning a Championship midfield effectively ran the show on his behalf.
That much is reinforced by the fact that he was also dribbled past a whopping five times – more than anyone else on the pitch, as per SofaScore.
Elsewhere, he failed to register a single tackle, despite averaging 1.1 per game in the Premier League last campaign, so that’s well below the low standard he’s already set.
‘Squandered possession too often and gave away some cheap fouls in dangerous areas during an underwhelming showing,’ is how the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick described it, whilst football.london reporter Alasdair Gold dubbed him “sloppy.”
Overall, it was a disastrous outing for the Englishman, who is thought to be earning around £91k-per-week at the club.
Time and time again he has proven that he’s just not good enough to be regularly starting matches and if you can’t do it against Boro – with all due respect – then what hope do you have?
Conte must not turn to Winks again this season once his other midfielders return from injury. He was badly let down by the midfielder.