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Paul Merson defends Tottenham Hotspur midfielder after criticism

Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal and Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on September 01, 2019...

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks is currently on international duty with England.

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur in the tunnel prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in London,...

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has defended Harry Winks after he received criticism for his recent performance for Tottenham Hotspur. 

Midfielder Winks is currently on international duty with England - he was left out of Gareth Southgate's previous squad when they took part in the UEFA Nations League. 

 

Nonetheless, Winks has been a regular in the middle of the park for Spurs this season and he was part of the midfield that recorded a 2-2 draw against Arsenal last time out.

Speaking to The Debate on Sky Sports Premier League (02/09/2019 at 10:05 pm), Merson defended Winks who 'has to do everything' as he claimed that he 'felt sorry' for the player. 

"I felt sorry for Winks," Merson told Sky Sports News. "I heard it on the radio and he was getting a lot of stick and I thought 'it wasn't really his fault'. He was just getting overrun in midfield. There wasn't a lot in there.

"If you are playing the three in midfield of Arsenal's holding midfield and you have only got Sissoko and Winks really [in the middle of the park]. And Sissoko wants to go forward. Eriksen wants to go forward. He's got to do everything. And obviously he was getting overrun and he was unfairly getting stick for it."

Harry Winks of Tottenham Hotspur arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 25, 2019 in...

Tottenham are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, but their recent off-field issues wouldn't have helped that cause as Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping that can be changed in the coming weeks. 

Added with that, Spurs have made a number of changes to their midfield and defence - From Christian Eriksen being on the bench to starting to Davinson Sanchez playing at centre-back then right-back.

After the international break, Spurs will be hoping to secure three points and their first clean sheet of the season when they host Crystal Palace. 

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