Tottenham prospect Harry Winks cites the four ex-players that he models his game on

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks has been discussing on the four former players he tries to learn from.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Winks has risen to prominence after making his first-team debut in the Europa League against Partizan Belgrade. 

The 18-year-old came off the substitutes' bench last week to announce himself at White Hart Lane and there is now great excitement about his future at the club.

Winks already has the route for his career planned out and he revealed the four players he models his game on - which include a former Spurs legend - today. 

“I like to model my game on players like Xavi, who like the keep the ball with a high volume of passes and pass completion,” he told London 24. “Goals and assists are obviously a key part for a midfielder, but if I had to describe myself I’m just generally a tidy, technical midfielder that likes to keep the ball and create chances.

“Zinedine Zidane is the ultimate one that you model your game on because he was just an unbelievable midfielder, but there are loads of players - Steven Gerrard, even Paul Gascoigne. I wasn’t old enough to see him but from clips I’ve seen he was an fantastic player.”

Winks has emerged as one of a number of Spurs youngsters who are starting to show themselves as being ready to play for the senior side.

The club's youth-academy has been stagnant for too long, but it seems that Mauricio Pochettino is keen to trust players showing signs of potential in the development squads. 

Harry Kane, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason have all received fairly regular first-team football this season and Winks will be hoping to join these three in the near future. 

Pochettino has always favoured utilised technically adept central midfielders and Winks appears to tick all the boxes in that regard. 

It means that he has a promising future ahead of him and if he is able to emulate any of his four idols he will go down as a great in Tottenham history. 

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