Harry Winks hungry to become Tottenham’s unlikely midfield rock

England international may not seem a natural fit for José Mourinho but upping his intensity has secured a starting role

Harry Winks has heard the theory. If Michael Carrick were Spanish, the land of tiki-taka, he would have received greater recognition during his playing days and the same is possibly true of Paul Scholes in his latter years. Winks is inclined to agree. People in England do not appreciate the importance of the midfield pivot.

“Everyone always talks about Scholes and Carrick,” he says. “People like Carrick get a lot of recognition after they retire and they are more players’ players, as such. Every team needs goalscorers, attacking players, players who can sweep up the ball, but every team needs that someone who can be the link between defence and attack. The greatest teams always have that sort of player.

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