Martin Keown praises Harry Winks

Dele Alli celebrates scoring his side's first goal with Harry Winks and Kieran Trippier of Tottenham Hotspur during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and...

Arsenal legend Martin Keown seems to rate Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks highly.

Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur and Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur show appreciation to the fans after the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur...

Arsenal legend Martin Keown has spoken highly of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks in The Daily Mail.

Winks is a rising star at Tottenham and has been in good form in recent weeks.

The performance of the 21-year-old midfielder against Real Madrid at the Wembley Stadium in London in the Champions League this week was superb.

Although the youngster is not guaranteed a place in the Spurs starting lineup, if he continues in his current form, then he could establish himself an integral part in Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

Winks has already made his debut for the England national football team, and there is a very good chance that the 21-year-old will be part of the Three Lions’ squad for 2018 World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

Former Arsenal defender Keown seems to rate Tottenham midfielder Winks highly.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester, England.

“We have been waiting for so long for a player like this — someone who wants to pass the ball,” Keown told The Daily Mail when asked if Winks should start for England at the World Cup.

“You only have to look at his pass for Kieran Trippier in the build up to Dele Alli’s first goal against Real Madrid to see the quality of Winks’ passing.

“Young players have tended to catch the eye in England for their brilliance while running on the ball rather than their range of passing.

“But training sessions at youth level now are becoming more and more about passing. Winks is the product of modern youth football and hopefully there are more midfielders like him.”

Eric Dier of Tottenham Hotspur and Marcelo of Real Madrid battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on...

One Tottenham player who looks set to be part of the England team for the World Cup in Russia is Eric Dier.

Dier, who can operate as a defender or as a midfielder, played well for Spurs in their 3-1 victory over Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Former Celtic striker Tony Cascarino was impressed with the performance of the 23-year-old.

While giving Dier 8 out of 10, Cascarino wrote in The Times: “Outstanding when in midfield and also after dropping back into central defence when Alderweireld suffered his injury.”

Meanwhile, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Football.London when asked what Dele Alli’s long-term position is going to be: “I think when he's on the pitch, and you can feel the same as me, he's not a specific player like a goalkeeper or striker. He's an offensive midfielder, of course.

“Sometimes he's more in the box than a striker but he can drop his position and play more deeper like a holding midfielder with two or three other midfielders. He can play in different positions on the pitch. He can start on the left or go to the right.

“Of course I don't think he's a centre-back, a full-back, wing-back or a goalkeeper but he can play different positions. It's great to have players like him who can develop his game in different positions on the pitch.”

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