Winks was compared to Iniesta by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Harry Winks has told Tottenham Hotspur’s official Twitter account that he believes he still has much to work on, but stated that it is an honour to be compared to Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.
The Evening Standard quoted Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino back in September as saying that 22-year-old midfielder Winks is “the type of player” like Iniesta and indeed Xavi. The Argentine also described Winks as “perfect”.
The midfielder has broken back into the Tottenham side of late and that has seen him regain his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad, after a long-standing ankle problem seems to be in the past.
Winks believes he has got a long way to go before reaching the quality of Iniesta, but stated that it is an honour to be compared to the Barcelona legend – who is currently playing in Japan.
“As a midfielder and because of my size, I’ve always had to deal with playing against bigger players,” Winks said. “Technically, I’ve always had to be at the top of my game.
“You see players like Iniesta and to be compared to them is obviously fantastic and an amazing thing to hear. But to even get to that level, I’m still miles off. I’ve got a lot to learn and a lot to improve on – but it’s a real honour.”
Winks has now clocked up 78 appearances for Spurs in all competitions since his debut back in 2014, and could be on course to hit the 100 mark before the end of the season.
However, he has been given just 10 minutes of football in Spurs’ last two outings, in the form of wins over Crystal Palace and Chelsea. It remains to be seen if he will start Wednesday night’s Champions League clash against Inter Milan.
Iniesta played 674 times for Barca, winning two Champions League titles, nine La Liga titles and a World Cup. He is currently with Japanese side Vissel Kobe, where he earns a huge £150,000 a week (ESPN).