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Is Spurs' decision to reject Nice loan actually holding Winks back?

Harry Winks of England is blocked by Linas Klimavicius of Lithuania (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in...

Harry Winks could have joined Nice last season but Tottenham rejected the bid.

Harry Winks of England is blocked by Linas Klimavicius of Lithuania (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier between Lithuania and England at LFF Stadium on October 8, 2017 in...Harry Winks of England is blocked by Linas Klimavicius of Lithuania (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier.

There has been a lot of talk in the English press about Harry Winks after the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder made his England debut in a 1-0 World Cup qualification victory over Lithuania and generally impressed.

It has since emerged that Winks - one of the most highly rated players at Spurs - could have joined Nice on loan last season but according to the Daily Mail the bid was rejected.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur at John Smith's Stadium on September 30, 2017 in...Mauricio Pochettino looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Tottenham Hotspur.

This is probably to do with manager Mauricio Pochettino's policy to keep his best young players at the club so they can develop under his coaching staff, as reported by the Independent.

Pochettino has been widely praised, and rightly so, for the part he has played in nurturing young English talent, with Winks becoming the 11th player under his management to make their senior debut for the Three Lions.

Yet for those like the 21-year-old, what the Argentine's stance of keeping the most promising youth at home means is a lack of actual game time.

Apoel FC's Argentine midfielder Agustin Farias (L) is marked by Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Harry Winks during the UEFA Champions League football match between Apoel FC and...Apoel FC's Agustin Farias (L) is marked by Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks during the UEFA Champions League football match.

Winks is four months short of his 22nd birthday and yet to date has played just 598 minutes of Premier League football. In comparison, Tottenham loanee Josh Onomah has already played 422 minutes in the Championship for Aston Villa this season.

Critics would point to the fact that Onomah is a lot further from Gareth Southgate's squad than Winks is currently, but can the midfield ace really expect to be on the plane to Russia next summer if he continues to play a cameo role? And would that be different it he were a regular in Ligue 1?

There are clearly pros and cons to the loan market and the amount of talent Pochettino has brought through for the North Londoners already shows he knows how to deal with youth, but for those looking to take the next step on the international stage it is hard to get noticed sitting on the bench.

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