Tottenham's Harry Winks will have learned from City mauling and will only get better

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City is challenged by Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on...

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is only going to get better after his side's heavy defeat against Manchester City.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Manchester,...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks has come in for plenty of criticism following his side's 4-1 hammering at the hands of Manchester City last weekend, but the 21-year-old is only going to become a better player after the humiliating defeat.

Winks is still young and fans should remember that he cannot be expected to perform brilliantly week in, week out, especially against a side the likes of which the Premier League may never have seen.

Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City is challenged by Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on...

City are a different beat and Winks will have been desperate to make his mark against them, but just because he fell short, it does not mean the knives should be sharpened for a player who has the talent to become one of Tottenham's best of the modern era.

Winks is a class act and he will not want to experience many more days like the one he was forced to endure against Pep Guardiola's runaway league leaders.  That said, he will have not stopped thinking about it since, desperate to reach the level that he was up against on Saturday.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on December 9, 2017 in London, England.

With arguably five years before Winks reaches his peak, the Tottenham player is very much in the learning phase of his career, and coming up against the best Europe can offer is only going to aid his development.

It is often said that you learn more from defeat than from victory but, whatever the case, Winks will want to look back on that match as one that taught him how to reach another level, not be curtailed the next time the two teams meet.

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