Winks wants to prove that he has the quality necessary to succeed, and admitted that playing alongside Wanyama is helping him.
Tottenham Hotspur youngster Harry Winks has hailed the influence of summer signing Victor Wanyama, telling the club's official Twitter account that playing alongside the star is like having "a big brother" in midfield.
Winks continued his promising pre-season by starting in the centre of midfield against Atletico Madrid in Melbourne on Friday, playing 75 minutes before being substituted.
Alongside the 20-year-old for the first half was summer signing Wanyama, as the Kenyan continues to settle into life at Spurs.
Both Winks and Wanyama impressed in the centre of midfield against the Spanish side, surely proving that that area of the pitch is the one in which Mauricio Pochettino now boasts the greatest strength in depth.
Winks, who has three Europa League substitute appearances to his name for the Tottenham first team as his only competitive experience, admitted he is desperate to prove himself as he looks to play a large role this season.
He highlighted the influence of playing alongside Wanyama as key during the Atletico clash, and admits that he sees the 25-year-old as something of a brotherly figure.
The 20-year-old told the club's official Twitter account: "I thought we played very well. I really enjoyed it and I want to prove that I can hold my own.
"Victor Wanyama is a great guy - he really helps me. It's like having a big brother alongside me in midfield."
Winks will be hoping that his impressive pre-season displays are moving him up the midfield pecking order at White Hart Lane.
Spurs are blessed with a wealth of options in the position, with Wanyama and Winks joining Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Ryan Mason, Tom Carroll, and Nabil Bentaleb all counting a central midfield position as their primary role.