Why Tottenham Must Start Harry Winks

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur (not pictured) scored their sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between...

After a disappointing draw with Watford, it's time for Tottenham Hotspur to face facts: they need to start Harry Winks.

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Watford and Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road on December 2, 2017 in Watford, England.

Tottenham's draw at Vicarage Road marked their third successive game without a win. And if you look at Premier League results only, they've won just once in their last six games, and that was a narrow 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

In that time they've lost to Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City, whilst drawing with West Brom and Watford. It's a dire run of form for a side that was flying high a month ago, and managed to win a Champions League group featuring Borussia Dortmund and European Champions Real Madrid.

So what is wrong with Tottenham? Well, in part, it's a midfield issue. Whether in 3-4-2-1 or 4-2-3-1, one of Spurs' great strengths under Mauricio Pochettino was the efficacy with which they moved the ball from defence to attack. The way it flowed through midfield.

That was down to Moussa Dembélé, the titanic Belgian whose combination of athletic prowess and dazzling dribbling caught the eye. But age is catching up with Dembélé, and he can no longer move the ball as Spurs need.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates the 2nd Tottenham goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Borussia Dortmund and Tottenham Hotspur at Signal Iduna Park on...

The solution? Harry Winks. The 21 year-old Englishman. The Tottenham youth product who joined the club at the age of 8, and who has already been so influential in the Champions League.

Winks is nowhere near as athletically gifted as Dembélé or Eric Dier, but what he has that they lack is a perceptive passing ability. Winks moves the ball forward so well, allowing Tottenham to play with a sense of fluidity.

The ball reaches the attackers in better positions and Spurs are actually able to hold onto possession in good areas. These are key problems they have been having recently.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur and Luka Milivojevic of Crystal Palace battle for possession during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at Wembley...

Tottenham can have more of the ball, sure, but only with Winks do they actually use the ball with enough clarity. A fantastic example of this is the two Champions League games against Real Madrid.

Winks started both games against the European Champions and was so dominant against a world-class midfield that Pochettino only removed him when Spurs were 3-0 up in the second match. He also played all 90 minutes as Spurs won 1-2 away to Borussia Dortmund. He's dominated on the continent, he's proven his skills.

If Tottenham want to re-find their feet in the Premier League and start climbing the table again then Harry Winks is a must-start.

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