Tottenham’s busy schedule could prove fruitful for Winks and England – Redknapp

Tottenham’s busy schedule could prove fruitful for Winks and England – Redknapp

Tottenham’s intense run of games should benefit Harry Winks and in turn, England, claims Jamie Redknapp

The 22-year-old midfielder has been earmarked as one of the potential solutions to England’s long-term problem in the centre of midfielder.

The national team appeared ultimately hamstrung at the World Cup by the fact that Gareth Southgate couldn’t call upon centre-mids capable of creating or controlling games.

England at present have just Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the centre, while at the World Cup Southgate utilised one deep-lying midfielder with Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard in advanced central roles.

And Redknapp, who won 17 caps for England in his career, believes Winks is one of a number of potential answers to England’s midfield problem.

“If Maddison, Mount and Foden are more progressive players who will thread the ball through the eye of the needle, Winks is someone who excels at keeping the ball,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“England could not handle the way Spain moved the ball so quickly and that is exactly what Harry loves to do. He gets it, gives it, and keeps things simple.

“He has already proved he can cut it at the highest level, starring home and away against Real Madrid in the Champions League and in Tottenham’s 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool last season.

“His biggest issue is injuries. With Spurs fighting on four fronts this season, Mauricio Pochettino will need to rotate his squad. That should give Winks plenty of opportunities to break back into Southgate’s squad. He just needs to prove his fitness.”

Tottenham take on Liverpool – who are currently top of the league with four wins in four – at Wembley in the Premier League on Saturday.