“For a midfielder if you add goals, like [Barcelona’s Ivan] Rakitic and [Real Madrid’s Luka] Modric, you start to think that you are a top, top player,” the Spurs manager.
Although he is a long way off those Croatian superstars, you can understand the comparison. Like Rakitic and Modric, Winks is not particularly fast or strong, but he does see and create space through his vision, movement and by shifting his weight quickly.
Pochettino also insists that while Winks can take inspiration from two players he has faced in the Champions League in the past couple of years, others should learn from Winks’ involvement in the move for the winning goal at Craven Cottage.
“I advise all people to watch the action and how it started, ” Pochettino said. “He recovered the ball in a very deep position, like a full-back and then how he ran with great determination to score. It was a fantastic example for all players.”
He is not a box-to-box midfielder, and probably doesn’t have the physicality to ever be one, but late runs into the opposition penalty area could be seen more frequently in his game. For the coming weeks in particular, Spurs could do with a few more match-winners.