Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing defeat to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup as they face Everton in the Premier League tonight.
Spurs lost 1-0 to the Championship outfit as they failed to qualify for the last four of the cup competition and they now play host to the Toffees in the top-flight.
A win for Antonio Conte’s side will put them level on points with West Ham in sixth in the table as they continue to chase a top-four finish and Champions League qualification for next season.
One player Conte must ruthlessly axe in order to give his side the best chance of picking up all three points is central midfielder Harry Winks.
The England international must be dropped to the bench after his abysmal showing against Boro in midweek as he let the manager down badly. Rodrigo Bentancur is back fit for this match and his availability will allow Winks to be axed as he can take up the spot in midfield next to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
As per SofaScore, the Spurs academy product failed to complete a single tackle in 120 minutes in the FA Cup. He was dribbled past five times as Boro found it easy to take the ball past him in the middle of the park, showing that he was nowhere near good enough on the defensive side of the game.
The midfielder also lost all eight of his individual duels and this suggests that he struggled with the physicality of the Championship side. He was outmuscled in every battle he engaged in and only created one chance, whilst failing to take a single shot at the other end of the pitch as his attacking play did not make up for his lapse defending.
Former Tottenham defender Graham Roberts previously blasted the regression of the midfielder’s play since bursting onto the scene.
He told Football FanCast: “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.”
The £91k-per-week dud’s performance was a shining example of why this criticism from Roberts was apt as he completed 87% of his passes and had 89 touches of the ball but did nothing with it and was abysmal out of possession.
Conte must now take Winks out of the firing line and place him on the bench against Everton by selecting Bentancur in his place.