It is seven months to the start of the rescheduled Euro 2020 and Tottenham Hotspur’s defensive midfielder Harry Winks is already scared that he might lose his place in England’s team before the competition starts if his situation at Tottenham does not change soon.
Harry Winks is a product of Tottenham academy and he has been in the team’s senior team since July 2016. So far at the club, he is used mostly as a defensive midfielder and sometimes as a central midfielder.
Since 2016, the England international has made 152 appearances for Tottenham, scoring two goals and provided two assists in all competitions.
Since Jose Mourinho took over from coach Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, Harry Winks has managed to play 2,811 minutes in all competitions. These minutes came from 37 matches without goals nor assists.
Harry Winks who started having it rough with Jose Mourinho since last season, has been suffering a more difficult situation so far this season. It has been so terrible that the defensive midfielder has only managed to play 9 times in all competitions so far this season.
Presently, Winks’ lack of game time at Tottenham has not started affecting him heavily in the England national team. The head coach of the team, Gareth Southgate, is still giving him plenty of game time in the team, though mostly from the bench.
Since he made his national team debut on October 8, 2017, the 24-year-old defensive midfielder has made 9 national team appearances and has scored a goal for England. He is expected to make his 10th appearance for the English team on Wednesday, November 18, when the Three Lions face Iceland in the UEFA Nations League Group 2A match.
Though Harry Winks is excited that he is still getting the nodes from England national team head coach at present, yet, he fears that things might get worse for him if he does not have more game time.
“My situation at Tottenham is difficult at the moment”, he said. “It’s important that I keep fighting and working as hard as I can to stay in the squad and to stay in the team.
“Every time I get the opportunity for England I love it. It’s a great place to play football here, it’s free and the lads get on well, it’s a great place to come to.
“I want to be a part of that in Euros and I want to be in the starting XI in the Euros as well.
“But, yes, it’s important that back at Tottenham I get the opportunities there and I stay in the team there as well…
“The squad and the quality in-depth as well as frightening, and the number of players who can step in and who are constantly trying to give the manager difficult decisions to make.”