TalkSport pundit Darren Bent has stated that Tottenham's Harry Winks is 'better than anyone' in feeding passes forward from the number six role as he stated that he's 'better than' West Ham's Declan Rice.
England will be in action next week, with Spurs academy product, Winks set to battle with West Ham's defensive powerhouse, Rice for that holding role in the middle of the park.
Previously, Rice has been a regular in that position, but during that win against Bulgaria last time out, Gareth Southgate dropped Rice for Winks.
Speaking to Drive on TalkSport, former England striker, Bent thinks that Winks has to be that player who plays in that holding role and not his London rival, as he explained why.
“You have to say Declan Rice and Harry Winks are fighting it out for the midfield role,” Bent told TalkSport. “For me, it would be, Winks, Ox and Henderson [in a midfield three].
“But it's tough because that area of the pitch is loaded, at this moment and we haven't had that for a long, long time – I like Winks. I like my holding midfield players to pass the ball forward. I don't like sideways and backwards and holding up the play.
“I like my midfield players to get it off my centre-backs, turn, punch the ball through the lines or hit the wide men. I think Harry Winks does that better than anyone. I think he does it better than Declan Rice.”
Winks has been in and out of Southgate's England thoughts since the World Cup, as he is now seemingly a regular member of his side.
The Spurs man was part of that England team that produced that stunning win against Spain in the UEFA Nations League, but he then missed out on the squad altogether when the Three Lions took part in the latter stages of that competition in the summer.
He has since returned and he will be hoping to make that midfield spot his own because there are places up for grabs.
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